Grand Teton National Park is one of 37 national parks selected to receive
a 2014 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official
charity of America’s national parks. Now in its sixth year, the
Foundation’s Active Trails program supports healthy living by getting
people out and active in their national parks through projects that help
restore, protect, and/or create land and water trails across America.
Since 2008, the National Park Foundation has granted nearly $2.4 million
through its Active Trails program.
“Through the Active Trails program, people across the country are
connecting with their national parks, discovering more ways to lead active
and healthy lives, and giving back to the places they love,” said
Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “These
grants are critical to helping with ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance
the 17,000 miles of trails across the National Park System.”
Grand Teton National Park will partner again this year with St. John’s
Medical Center (SJMC) to encourage Jackson Hole community members to get
active and outside in support of the Active Trails initiative. Last year,
local participants logged an astounding 3,887 hours of outdoor activities
on park trails between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. SJMC’s
Wellness Department and Grand Teton are both interested in using the extraordinary
Teton landscape to motivate people of all walks of life to pursue healthier
lifestyles. In 2013, more than a quarter of the Active Trails participants
were non-traditional park visitors.
The SJMC/Grand Teton partnership supports an online tracking portal where
participants can log their park-based activities, and those logging into
the portal are automatically entered in a lottery to win a grand prize.
“The portal allows participants to accurately track their activities
and energy expenditure while setting personal wellness goals. We’ve
found that people particularly enjoy creating their own teams and competing
with each other,” said Julia Heemstra, director of the SJMC Wellness
This year, Active Trails Wellness will run from June 1 to September 30.
“The Community Hikes were an especially fun way for participants
to enjoy the Teton landscape during 2013, so we’ve extended the
2014 program into September to include a fall color hike,” said
Megan Kohli, Grand Teton’s program manager for educational outreach.
To register as a participant in Active Trails Wellness program go to
www.sjmcwellness.com and create an account. Use the access code AT2014 to create an Active
Trails account. Community Hikes will happen on the third Thursday of each
month as extra incentive to connect participants to each other and the
To date, Active Trails has engaged more than 5,900 volunteers and 327 project
partners who contributed more than 30,000 hours to promote, refurbish
or build national park trails that were ultimately enjoyed by 331,000
visitors. A complete listing of the awarded parks and their Active Trails
project descriptions can be found on the National Park Foundation’s
The National Park Foundation wishes to thank The Coca-Cola Company, The
Coca-Cola Foundation, Disney, Subaru and the Scrooby Foundation for their
generous support of the Active Trails initiative. Grand Teton Association
and local corporate partners also contribute to the success of this fun
and engaging program.
For more information about Active Trails Wellness please contact Megan
Kohli at Grand Teton National Park via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone at 307.739.3656; or contact Julia Heemstra, St. John’s
Medical Center Wellness Director by email at
email@example.com, or phone at 307.739.7244.
Media Contacts: Karen Connelly (SJMC), 307 739 7380
Jackie Skaggs (GTNP), 307 739 3393
Alanna Sobel (NPF), 202 354 6486