Grand Teton Lodge Company Hosts Deserving Fourth Grade Class, Launching National ‘Every Kid in a Park’ Program

23 April 2015
Media contact:  Ashley Lowe, (303) 404-1831, alowe@vailresorts.com

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – April 23, 2015 – Today, Grand Teton Lodge Company (GTLC) announces its commitment to support the national Every Kid in a Park initiative to engage and create opportunities for every fourth grade student across the country to have a meaningful experience in a national park.
 
Announced by President Obama in February, the Every Kid in a Park program officially launches across the country this fall, but GTLC will demonstrate its support for the initiative by being the first partner to bring fourth grade students to experience first-hand the majesty of a national park.
 
“We are excited to be the first partner to kick-off Every Kid in a Park.” said Alex Klein, vice president and general manager of GTLC. “Engaging our nation’s youth in our National Parks is an initiative our company is truly passionate about. Our goal is to give the students the opportunity to explore, learn and play within the park, providing them with a lasting memory that ties them closer to our parks for the rest of their lives. More than anything, we’re excited to have them reconnect with nature and each other within our picturesque playground.”
 
GTLC will be hosting a fourth grade class from Donald D. Stalker Elementary School in Blackfoot, Idaho, a Title 1 school 120 miles from the Park May 21-23, 2015. The school was chosen because of its diverse student population that, while located only a couple hours away, has had little exposure to its neighboring national parks.
 
During the overnight field trip to the Tetons, the students will be guided through a curriculum presented by Grand Teton National Park rangers and GLTC staff to gain a true appreciation for the Park’s flora and fauna, as well as camaraderie and recreation in the great outdoors. GTLC will be providing transportation, lodging, meals, activities and educational programming.
 
Every Kid in a Park is part of the National Park Service’s Centennial campaign. Designed to keep parks relevant to an increasingly urban and diverse nation, federal and state park and recreation agencies will strive to get every fourth grader into a national park through hosted visits. The National Park Foundation will help fund the transportation costs of the park visits, starting when the program launches in September.
 
About Grand Teton Lodge Company
With a mission to preserve, protect and inspire, Grand Teton Lodge Company is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service within Grand Teton National Park operating the lodging, restaurants, tours and activities at Jackson Lake Lodge, Jenny Lake Lodge, Colter Bay Village and Flagg Ranch Company at Headwaters Lodge & Cabins, as well as the Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club, which is located just outside the park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. GTLC is committed to a comprehensive systematic approach to sustainable business practices that preserve the environment, provide quality service, and offer a healthy and safe place for its guests and employees. For more information visit www.gtlc.com.
 
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

 
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