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2018 Impact Report From Grand Teton Association1Board of Directors Mark Aronowitz, Co-chair Amy Brennan McCarthy, Co-chair Franz Camenzind, Secretary & Treasurer…
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2018 Impact Report From Grand Teton Association1Board of Directors Mark Aronowitz, Co-chair Amy Brennan McCarthy, Co-chair Franz Camenzind, Secretary & Treasurer Annie Band Nick Delmolino Ed Krajsky Mary Gibson Scott Amy WilliamsStaffApril Landale, Executive Director Tracy Logan, Director of Operations Erin O’Brien Director of Retail Operations Judy DuPied, Accounting Manager Nancy Carlson, Office Coordinator Lori Dreger, Inventory Manager Bridget Bottomley, Events and Outreach Coordinator Sarah Adams, Store Manager Elizabeth Gardner, Webstore Associate Danielle Greuter, Warehouse Lead Jeremiah Ramirez, Store ManagerContact UsPhone: 307.739.3606 gta.admin@grandtetonassociation.org www.grandtetonassociation.orgHelloGrand Teton Association (GTA) had a productive and inspiring 2018! With record visitation in Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding region, the GTA team was busy supporting interpretive sales throughout our retail locations. The GTA staff and board team recently completed a three-year strategic plan, which resulted in a revised mission statement and articulation of Grand Teton Association values. Themes of the plan include, enhancing support to agency partners, innovating Grand Teton Association’s operational systems and optimizing GTA’s brand and profile. The end result of this work will provide new strategies and systems to increase the level of direct aid GTA provides its agency partners. We are excited for 2019 as we continue to build, strengthen, and expand the work of Grand Teton Association. I invite you to join the GTA team; become a member, join our staff, or donate in support of GTA and our agency partners. Sincerely,Find Us On: April Landale Executive Director 2from Grand Teton AssociationGrand Teton Association’s MISSION is to inspire deeper connection, better understanding, and enduring support for our public lands.2018 by the Numbers 4.3 Million In total sales$369,000 In direct aidSixteenInterpretive retail locations$820,609 In-kind support*ThreePublic agency partnersOneCover photo: bison in Grand Teton National Park ŠCary Judd. This Page: sunset on the Grand Teton ŠCary Judd. *In-kind support is mainly saleries at our interpretive retail locations.Commitment to support Education, Interpretation and Research in BridgerTeton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and The National Elk Refuge. 3Our Shared Values Integrity Lori Dreger works with intention and integrity for GTA. She leads by example and mentors new employees to support both their personal and professional growth.Stewardship Darrell Gallaway believes strongly in the stewardship of Grand Teton Association and public lands. His passion and commitment has convinced more than one visitor to the park to join the GTA team.Vision StatementCollaboration Jeremiah Ramirez illustrates collaboration everyday in his work as store supervisor at Jackson Hole Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, working alongside over 50 staff and volunteers from the NPS, USFS, G &F, and Chamber of Commerce. His open and supportive spirit is a great addition to operations!Growth Mindset Erin O’Brien has demonstrated a growth mindset every day for over 20 years with GTA. During that time she has held 5 different positions which gives her perspective, experience, and a holistic understanding of GTA, which is invaluable.Grand Teton Association’s VISION is to inspire people of all ages through experiences to support and care for our public lands. 4All staff photos ©Cary Judd.2018 Sales Trends 2018 Sales by DepartmentTotal 2018 Sales: $4,246,553 Product Insights & Strategies BOOKS Book sales like field-guides continue to decrease as more visitors use their smart devices to get local information. This will influence our buying plan as we focus on high performing book categories such as coffee table books, children’s books, and real life stories from the area.3-year Sales Comparison by DepartmentAPPAREL Higher price point apparel items were added to our clothing line resulting in an increase of sales. STATIONARY Stationary has the highest number of units sold. An increase in retail cost should show an increase of revenue for 2019.5Revenue, Expenses & Aid Sales and Operating ExpensesAid To PartnersCategories of Aid to our Partners Revenue• $418,399 in cash donations, which are provided for a host of educational, historical, interpretive, and scientific projects, including publications and digital media. • $820,609 for in-kind services, which primarily covers labor expenses at visitor centers in Grand Teton National Park, the National Elk Refuge, and Bridger-Teton National Park.Five Year Highlights 2016 was the NPS Centennial with record visitation to Grand Teton National Park. 2017 was the year of the total eclipse which resulted in record high sales but also higher operating expenses. 6Events & Outreach Plein Air for the Park Grand Teton National Park served as both the location and inspiration for the seventh annual Plein Air for the Park fine art exhibition and sale. During the July, 2018 event, GTA welcomed thirty eight Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters to Grand Teton. Artists from across the U.S. captured magnificent Teton landscapes on canvas and celebrated their work at an opening gala reception held in the gallery of the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose followed by a 3-day art sale where eighty pieces of plein air art were sold to benefit GTA.Wild and Scenic Rivers Act 50th Anniversary In October, GTA, in cooperation with the Teton Plein Air Painters, joined Bridger-Teton National Forest in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. Painting demonstrations took place along the Snake River, followed by a community open house and art sale.Youth Paint Out This one-day, free event engages youth with art to inspire a connection with the natural landscape. The focus of this third annual event was to provide younger artists an opportunity to receive one-onone instruction from professional artists, and a chance to discuss their and improve their painting skills.Artists, Writers & Photographers in the Environment Series This free program series gives the public an opportunity to interpret the iconic Teton landscape through art, photography and writing. In the summer of 2018, over 200 people were mentored by renowned, local artists, writers and photographers during nine community programs.Over 1,500 Program Participants! 7Grand Teton Association Great Gray Owl research supported by Grand Teton Association’s Boyd Evison Fellowship.control Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) territory selection and reproductive success. The research will help provide an understanding of resource needs for the species, enabling more successful management strategies.Great Gray Owls are one of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s most iconic bird species, but remain one of the least-studied raptors in North America.The research study area lies between the Snake River Canyon and the southern boundary of Yellowstone National Park, and includes National Forest, National Park, and privately owned land.Impact StoryKatherine Gura, this year’s recipient of Grand Teton Association’s Boyd Evison Graduate Research Fellowship, hopes to change that.Gura is master’s student in the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. The Boyd Evison Graduate Research Fellowship was established in honor of Boyd Evison’s service to the National Park Service and Grand Teton Association. The fellowship provides financial assistance for conservation-related research in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In the past, the Fellowship has supported research on butterfly biodiversity, bison DNA, and the resilience of a unique spider species in the face of climate change. Gura’s study will be the first to collect detailed information on the habitat characteristics that 8Over the course of 2018 Gura has outfitted nine male Great Gray Owls with GPS transmitters. The data from the transmitters will allow her to establish the locations of the males and assess the habitat types and the range size used by the species. Next year, Gura will capture and tag another eight male owls. She aims to complete her analysis in the spring of 2020, at which point her findings will be made available to researchers, wildlife managers and the general public.Katherine Gura, this year’s recipient of Grand Teton Association’s Boyd Evison Graduate Research Fellowship studies Great Gray Owls in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Photo ©Katherine Gura.18 Evison Fellowship recipients since 20019Grand Teton National Park Impact Story Grand Teton Association Education Associate becomes permanent staff member at Grand Teton National Park. Katie Tozier first moved to the valley of Jackson Hole in the fall of 2013, with the promise of a volunteer position in the Branch of Education and Outreach for Grand Teton National Park. Shortly into her first winter season, Katie’s role converted to an Education Associate with Grand Teton Association (GTA), during which time she focused on curriculum-based educational programs in the park, local classrooms, and via distance learning. For the next six winters, Katie continued to serve as an Education Associate through GTA, reaching thousands of students and adult learners alike through snowshoe hikes, snow science field trips, ranger reader programs, and the distance learning phenomena Snow Desk!Katie leading a Ranger program ©Katie Tozier.In the subsequent six summers, Katie worked seasonally for the National Park Service (NPS) as an Interpretive Park Ranger at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, an Interpretive Specialist for the Branch of Business Resources, and a Lead Interpreter at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, for two summers each, respectively. This August (2019), she’ll begin a new, permanent, adventure with the NPS as the Secretary to the Superintendent’s Office in Grand Teton National Park. She is incredibly grateful for her community in Grand Teton, and for the specific opportunities that Grand Teton Association provided her career ladder.“Grand Teton Association has been so generous to me and the larger Grand Teton National Park family by creating positions for interpretive and educational naturalists to do this good work, year round, helping countless individuals fall in love with Grand Teton National Park and the natural world. I hope GTA is able to continue to support naturalist and educator careers into the future!” -Katie Tozier 10Snow Desk reached over 1,000 students in 5 countriesKatie Tozier (top right), at Grand Teton National Park’s Snow Desk; a GTA-funded program broadcasting live to schools across the counrty. Photo ŠNational Park Service.11National Elk Refuge Impact Story Impact StoryGrand Teton Association Winter Naturalist becomes permanent staff member at the National Elk Refuge. For ** seasons, Grand Teton Association has supported winter naturalists at the National Elk Refuge. These naturalists provide environmental education programs for students and visitors to the National Elk Refuge. After five seasons as a winter naturalist, Kari Cieszkiewicz was selected as the permanent full-time Environmental Education Specialist for the National Elk Refuge. After graduating with a degree in History from Purdue University in 2011, Kari moved to Utah to work as an Interpretive Park Ranger for Natural Bridges National Monument. Kari loves being a voice for wildlife, especially predators. She moved to Wyoming and began working at the National Elk Refuge during the winter seasons in 2015. Kari has worked 12 seasons over the last seven years as an Environmental Educator and Interpreter. The focus of her professional career has been within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. 12Kari CieszkiewiczIn her new role, Kari will serve as the Environmental Education Specialist at the National Elk Refuge where she will be the lead on expanding the refuge’s environmental education programming. This position is key to advancing our vision of ecological sustainability on NWRS lands, and using those lands as examples of successful conservation to effectively engage the public from Jackson and surrounding areas. This job placement is an excellent example of the way in which Grand Teton Association is able to support young professionals in achieving career goals in working with federal agencies.Kari Cieszkiewicz leading a children’s program at the National Elk Refuge. Photo ŠUS Fish & Wildlife Service.Over 25,000 program participants in 201813Bridger-Teton National Forest Impact Story Grand Teton Association facilitates the creation Since this initiative got off the ground in October of of a Bridger-Teton National Forest Friends 2018, we are proud of the work accomplished so far. Group. Including:14In Oct of 2018, vision became reality when Sarah Walker became the first Bridger Teton National Forest (BTNF) Friends Coordinator. This position, while formally hosted by Grand Teton Association in 2018, works with BTNF staff to identify forest wide priorities and coordinate, liaise, support and facilitate community based projects throughout the forest.HostedHostedHostedFocus groupCommunity Forumsmeetings with investedThe Friends program is in the midst of securing 501(c)3 status to create a stand alone nonprofit by the end of 2019. The new group’s plans for next year include support and expansion of the Dispersed Camping Ambassador Program, Support of the Wyoming Range National Recreation Trail Crew, and growing their Board and Community Advisor Program. We look forward to seeing what the future hold for this well-loved National Forest.6650+meetings withto identify whereindividuals and partnereach BTNF Rangercommunity supportorganizations to betterDistrict.and Forest needdefine the Friendsoverlap.group mission.BuiltConnectedOrganizedwebsite, donorvolunteers withPartners for a Forest120012+database system,Forest Service staffFriends Wyomingemail systemfor on-the-groundPublic Lands Dayand social mediavolunteer projects.Celebration.presence to lay a strong foundation for communications.BTNF branches out with first friends coordinator“Pa dunt aut iur sanis di as etureperi nes eariatur modit untibus ant dolorio mi, od qui quamustrum volore, oditat exerspis eos cum re rectur, soloribus, qui opta idebis sit rem consectem harchit te nulles volecto im laborerem et parum ium quat at que sus.” -Kari CieszkiewiczSarah Walker is the first Bridger Teton National Forest Friends Coordinator. Photo ©15Grand Teton AssociaionRetail Locationsgrandtetonassociation.org 307.739.3606 gta.admin@grandtetonassociation.orgJackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center 307.734.8613Physical Address: Grand Teton Association 100 Headquarters Loop Moose, WY. 83012 Mailing address: Grand Teton Association P.O. Box 70 Moose, WY. 83012Sunrise over the Sleeping Indian from the National Elk Refuge. Photo ŠCary Judd.16Jackson Hole Airport 307.732.2665 Craig Thomas Discorery & Visitor Center 307.739.3694 Jenny Lake Visitor Center 307.739.3392 Colter Bay Visitor Center 307.739.3598
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