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Visitor Experience

Visitor Experience

The Yellowstone Park Foundation supports projects that enhance Yellowstone's visitor experience, including education, recreation, safety, and accessibility.

 

Old Faithful Haynes Photo Shop

Wildlife Health
Photo Credit: Montana Historical Society

Open daily from 10am to 6pm

In June 2013, YPF completed restoration of the Old Faithful Haynes Photo Shop, a place for Park visitors to learn about YPF and stewardship inside the Park, while paying tribute to Yellowstone’s legacy of photography. Restoring the building was no small feat: It required moving the building to a more visitor-friendly location near Old Faithful geyser and the challenge of achieving LEED Certification -- in keeping with the Park’s sustainability goals -- while maintaining the structure’s historic integrity. Whimsical kiosks and seasonally updated interpretive displays ensure that visitors leave the Park knowing how they can help protect this treasure.

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Trails Fund Initiative

Trail Crews at Biscuit Basin
Photo Credit: NPS

Funding Needed: $200,000 Annually

The goal of this initiative is to restore and repair Yellowstone’s heavily used network of trails, so they are protected and safe for visitors. Partnerships with three volunteer and youth work groups will provide additional muscle power, and offer teens the opportunity to gain valuable work skills as a result of their experience.

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Wildlife and Visitor Safety Project

Wildlife and Visitor Safety Project
Photo Credit: Matt Ludin

Funding Needed: $100,000 annually

Teams of seasonal interpretive law enforcement and bear management rangers are needed to manage over 1,000 bear jams that can happen during a season, in addition to other wildlife jams. Rangers not only need to manage roadside viewing opportunities that keep visitors safe and educate them, but they also help keep the wildlife safe. Funding for this program will make sure there is a sufficient contingent of Rangers to manage traffic jams, reduce accidents and road rage, provide educational materials to visitors, and make sure the public does not feed wildlife or approach them too closely.

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Backcountry Bear Safety Survey

Backcountry Bear Safety Survey
Photo Credit: NPS

Funding Needed: $70,000

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has experienced six bear-caused human fatalities since 2010, two of these fatalities occurred inside Yellowstone National Park. As a result of these incidents, USGS social scientists and Yellowstone bear management biologists will collaborate on a social survey of backcountry users to identify the effectiveness of current bear safety messages. The result will shape future bear safety strategies in Yellowstone.

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Human/Bear Conflicts in Campgrounds

Human/Bear Conflicts in Campgrounds
Photo Credit: NPS

Funding Needed: $80,000

Yellowstone has 12 campgrounds located in grizzly bear habitat, with over 650,000 visitor use nights recorded each year. Analysis of both the bear safety infrastructure (bear-proof garbage disposal, food storage boxes, information signs, agency presence) and the habitat attributes (habitat quality, availability of preferred bear foods, security cover, travel corridors, topographic barriers) will help managers determine what makes campgrounds conducive to bear activity, and how to prevent severe conflicts from occurring in the future.

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