Enabling New Ways to Experience Grand Teton
Two of our most innovative projects—an educational website and an interactive mobile app—successfully couple nature and technology. These tools make it possible to visit Grand Teton from near or far and ensure national parks like Grand Teton remain relevant and interesting to younger generations.
Discover Grand Teton:A Virtual Gateway to the Park
Whether you’re planning a trip to Grand Teton National Park or have recently visited, explore the park virtually with the Foundation’s website Discover Grand Teton. This user-friendly interface introduces the park’s overall interpretive messages through web-based technology, including:
- Comprehensive educational information, including ecosystem details of the park’s wild communities, geology, park history, and Junior Ranger programs for kids.
- Trip planning information such as up-to-the-minute weather details, maps, web cams, and an online bookstore.
- Live, as well as major historic, seismic activity records in and around Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.
- Family-friendly games and virtual field trips you can take from your own home.
Go on, discover Grand Teton now!
TravelStorysGPS: A Free Smart Phone App for Grand Teton
TravelStorysGPS shares vivid and engaging stories about the history, geology, wildlife, and activities in Grand Teton National Park. Take a drive along Teton Park Road between Moose and Jackson Lake Lodge to learn about this magnificent park. Iconic landmarks activate recorded audio stories, allowing you to listen, while seeing the scenic spots that inspired conservationists. It’s like having your own personal tour guide!
This innovative app is introducing, or reintroducing, travelers to the land they love and connecting them to the organization that works to protect it. TravelStorysGPS is available for free download from iTunes and from Google Play for Android.
What kinds of stories are app users listening to? Here’s a sample!
Much of Grand Teton National Park’s landscape is made up of an extremely porous, dry soil that was deposited here thousands of years ago by receding glaciers. One of the most iconic plants of the American West, the hardy, silvery sagebrush, survives in this extreme climate by stretching fibrous, shallow roots out horizontally to catch rainfall. It also uses a process called hydraulic lift, drawing deeper water up to shallower surface soils by way of a 20 to 40-foot taproot. Many of the wildflowers and grasses growing among the sagebrush depend upon the moisture it supplies. Native Americans used sagebrush for medicinal and ceremonial purposes. It also has a pungent, but pleasing fragrance, which earned it the nickname 'cowboy cologne.'