Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Charity of the Month: National Park Services / Grand Teton NP

Charity of the Month is a way Team Tizzel is helping to support some very worthy organizations. As part of this program, we will dedicate a post to a charity that we will sponsor through the month by donating Holly's training run money.

August: In August we supported two charities with $125 donations to honor the wishes of a friend that passed away. Ellen asked for donations to be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital and we chose to also donate to the National MS Society to support research to find a cure for the disease she lived with for so many years.

September Charity of the Month:

National Parks Services / Grand Teton NP Foundation

We recently returned from a long weekend in Jackson, Wyoming. Holly ran the Jackson Hole Marathon with a few friends. Afterwards we all spent two days touring Yellowstone and Grand Teton NP.

We didn't grow up in families that camped or did a lot of nature things for vacations. The only National Parks we toured as kids were close-by things like Gettysburg or Washington DC. Since Holly started the 50 States Marathon challenge we've been seeing a lot more of our country including several National Parks. We've come to enjoy our visits and the uniqueness of each site.

When we pulled up to the park gate we had the option to pay $30 for a Yellowstone pass, $50 for a Yellowstone/Grand Teton pass (7 days for the full car load), or an annual NP pass for $80. We know more sites are in our immediate future so we bought the annual pass. To put this price in perspective it costs a few hundred dollars for a Disney annual pass for one person. We can take a carload of people into parks for a year for $80. Good news is the parks are affordable to see on their own, bad news is they typically aren't in airline hub cities so getting there may be a bit pricey.

When checking out the NP site for donation options we noticed they had a specific project for the Grand Teton park. We chose this project to commemorate our visit for this month's charity. This link will describe the project and the link below takes you to the donation site.

Grand Teton Project


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