Since its inception in 1996, the Yellowstone Park
Foundation has raised more than $85 million and funded more than 300 important
projects and initiatives in Yellowstone National Park.
Highlights and Accomplishments
with Xanterra Parks & Resorts, YPF’s Guest Donation Program tops the $1 million mark.
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.
A $1 million
dollar grant, matched by federal funds, provides significant resources to
Yellowstone to immediately begin implementation of their Native Fish Conservation Program — a call to action to protect
and preserve the Yellowstone Lake ecosystem and the park’s native fish
On November 29,
the Yellowstone Park Foundation marked 15 years as Yellowstone’s fundraising
partner, and embarked upon a year of special events and educational
opportunities to commemorate the anniversary.
The Old Faithful Visitor Education
officially dedicated and opens to the public. In just the first few weeks, the
eco-friendly, Gold-LEED certified center greets 250,000 visitors with interactive,
$459,000, through a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, in
matching government funds for the Yellowstone Lake Molecular All-Taxa
Biodiversity Inventory (MATBI) of Yellowstone Lake, one of the largest
scientific expeditions ever
mounted in Yellowstone.
launches its Sponsor a Bear Box campaign to contribute
toward a practical solution for reducing dangerous bear-human encounters in
partnership with YNP, launches the YES! (Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship)
Initiative, now part of the broader Greenest
Its ambitious goals include reducing the park’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30%
and diverting 100% of solid waste from landfills by 2016 the 100th birthday
of the National Park Service.
The first permanent,
live-streaming webcam in the NPS zooms in on Old
Faithful and allows Yellowstone enthusiasts worldwide to keep tabs on the
beloved geyser. Funding and technology for the webcam is provided by Canon
U.S.A. through a grant to YPF.
Point, the world-famous promontory overlooking the Grand Canyon of the
Yellowstone River, reopens to visitors after a $1-million restoration
project funded by YPF.
Ranger Fund, now the Ranger
is created to address the ongoing facility, technology, safety and equipment
needs of the park’s hardworking rangers.
Wildlife Health Program is created in partnership with Montana State University
and the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to study
and proactively address wildlife diseases especially those that may be
transmitted to or from humans, pets, and livestock.
YPF launches its
first three Initiatives to address longer-term, priority needs in Yellowstone:
Archive Fund $500K, Fisheries Fund $500K, Trails Fund $2 million. With
Initiative work already underway in the park, funding goals are met the
following year, in 2007, and these funds are still sustaining these important
funding of the Fly Fishing
a unique citizen-science program that enlists volunteer anglers to help
Yellowstone fisheries biologists collect vital data.
Toyota Motor Sales, USA donates four hybrid-electric
vehicles to the park, helping reduce fleet emissions and share the story of
alternative energy to visitors. Toyota also pledges $1 million to the Old
Faithful Visitor Education Center, enabling the park to aspire to Gold-level
The Yellowstone License Plate debuts in the State of Montana,
with proceeds benefitting YPF. To date, over $670,000 has been raised for
Yellowstone through the sale of these plates.
with NASA to help Yellowstone create educational exhibits that tell the story
of Astrobiology in Yellowstone.
premieres the first of many Windows into Wonderland electronic
field trips, with support from YPF through a grant from Canon, U.S.A.. The
innovative, online field trips go on to reach students from 140 countries and
all 50 states.
YPF acquires Davis Collection on behalf of the park a
remarkable private collection of thousands of pieces of Yellowstone
memorabilia, rare maps, photographs and other historic items.
Yellowstone’s call to raise funds to build a Visitor Education Center at Old
Faithful, and Unilever pledges $1.25 million the first major gift toward the
project. Not long after, YPF publicly launches a $15-million capital campaign.
funding of the Yellowstone
Youth Conservation Corps,
an annual commitment that continues to this day.
makes its first grants to Yellowstone, among them is funding for research
conducted by the brand-new Wolf Project. Less than two years later, in
1998, the first wolves were collared through YPF’s Wolf Collar Sponsorship
a group of concerned citizens came together with a goal of protecting,
preserving and enhancing Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone Park
Foundation (YPF) was conceived as a way to provide Yellowstone with resources
for important conservation, science, and education projects, and to allow
everyone who loves Yellowstone an opportunity to participate in its
Mike Finley, Yellowstone Superintendent from 1994-2001, was instrumental in
getting the Foundation off the ground. A volunteer board formed in 1996 and
elected its first chairman, John Good, a former Chief Naturalist in
Yellowstone. That same year, YPF was officially incorporated in the State of
Montana and entered into a formal agreement with the National Park Service
(NPS), becoming the official fundraising partner of Yellowstone National Park.