Many lodges in the National Park System run a program through which guests can contribute $1 per night to the benefit of the parks. At Grand Teton National Park, the Grand Teton Lodge Company will match those donations dollar for dollar and send the money to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.
Guest contributions will be confirmed on their hotel bills, and the lodge company will pool all donations at the end of the season into a fully matched donation provided to the Foundation.
"We couldn't be more thrilled to announce the kickoff of this special matching program in partnership with Grand Teton National Park Foundation for 2014," said Alex Klein, vice president and general manager of Grand Teton Lodge Company. "We're equally excited about the volunteer opportunities that will allow our employees to contribute to improving the visitor experience in the park."
Grand Teton National Park Foundation provides ongoing support for wildlife protection and youth outreach as well as special projects such as the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming, that was completed in 2011. The Foundation is currently raising funds for Inspiring Journeys, a $16.4 million project that is transforming the south Jenny Lake trail system and visitor plaza in honor of the National Park Service centennial in 2016. The matching funds raised this summer will be earmarked to the Inspiring Journeys campaign.
"Grand Teton Lodge Company is our largest and one of our longest running supporters. They've been a strong partner who helped with building the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center and its auditorium, and now, advancing the Inspiring Journeys campaign," said Foundation President Leslie Mattson. "On the ground, their gifts translate into incredible things for millions of people who come to the park—whether it's educational moments or unforgettable experiences, partnerships allow us to take our projects to a much higher level."