You’ve all been asked to donate a small amount when checking into a Yellowstone National Park hotel, and that amount adds up: The Yellowstone Park Foundation (YPF) and Xanterra Parks & Resorts announced the Guest Donation Program topped the $1 million mark in August.
Since 2000, YPF and Xanterra have partnered on this program, where folks checking into Yellowstone National Park hotels are asked to add a small donation — $1, $2 or more — to their bill, with the proceeds going to the Foundation. That amount hit $1 million in August.
“The contributions by these generous donors have significantly enhanced a variety of important programs in Yellowstone including wildlife research, trail restoration, and youth programs,” said Karen Bates Kress, president of the Yellowstone Park Foundation. “Xanterra has been a terrific partner in making this program happen.”
In a press release, Jim McCaleb, general manager of Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone, said that supporting YPF is one of the most important ways his company can help protect and preserve Yellowstone.
“This is a terrific opportunity for guests to give back to Yellowstone after a memorable experience,” said McCaleb. “The number of people who participate demonstrates broad support for the work of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, and the impact it has on all aspects of the Park.”