Here are the results for Winter 2016-17 Employee Photo Contest winners! Thank you to all the participants who entered photos as well as those who voted for their favorites.
Photo Entry Deadline is February 6 by 5:00 pm
The Winter Employee Photo Contest is back! Whether you’re new to the contest or a veteran winner, turn your photos into the Snow Lodge or Parkwide Recreation Office by February 6 for a chance to win. There are three categories: Wildlife, Scenic, and People. The prizes for the top three in each category are: $75, $50, and $35.
Photos will be displayed for judging on these dates:
February 8 – Mammoth Xanterra Employee Dining Room 11 am – 1 pm
February 11 – Old Faithful Employee Pub 3 pm – 10 pm
As with all YCERP events, employees (and their immediate family members) of NPS, YPSS, DNC, Medcor, and Xanterra are welcome to participate in both entries and judging!
Print an entry form right here. You must submit one entry per photo.
Working in the first national park, we’re incredibly lucky to have so many world-renowned naturalists and biologists at our disposal to teach us even more about the park and its diverse ecosystem. Come to any or all of these free seminars to learn more about this beautiful wonderland we live in.
The majority of the seminars will be held in the Paintbrush Dorm Lobby but please check the Activity Calendar to be sure.
|Cougar Seminar||Jan 16||7:00 PM||Presented by: Colby Anton|
|Raptors of Yellowstone||Jan 25||8:00 PM||Presented by: Katy Duffy|
|Climate Change and||Jan 31||7 & 8 PM||Presented by: Jim Halfpenny|
|Wolverine Seminar||Feb 21||8:00 PM||Presented by: Jess Haas|
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27TH
OLD FAITHFUL EMPLOYEE PUB
Attend this exciting seminar about wolves presented by Douglas Smith PhD, Senior Wildlife Biologist in Yellowstone National Park.
Along with supervising the wolf, bird and elk programs, he has published a wide variety of journal articles and book chapters on beavers, wolves, and birds. He has also co-authored three popular books on wolves (The Wolves of Yellowstone & Decade of the Wolf which won the 2005 Montana book award for best book published in Montana) as well as publishing numerous popular articles. The third book, Wolves on the Hunt, came out in May 2015. He has participated in a number of documentaries about wolves for National Geographic and British Broadcasting Company (BBC) as well as other media.
His professional interests include wolf population dynamics, wolf-prey relationships, restoration of ecological processes, raptor conservation, and beaver population dynamics.
Be sure to commemorate your winter season with YNP Staff items! Pictured is the 2016-17 design available on t-shirts, hoodies and long sleeve shirts. It will be custom order so you can choose what type of shirt you’d like and also what color. There will be two order deadlines throughout the season. Click on the picture for more detailed information.
YNP Staff Nalgenes should arrive by the beginning of the new year.
Although many employees will be leaving soon we still have so many activities happening!! Below is a list of all our upcoming Parkwide events.
Please talk to your location recreation staff during posted office hours for times, details and instructions on how to sign up for any event.
|Ping Pong Invitational||July 23||Canyon Recreation Hall|
|Ultimate Frisbee Tournament||July 29||Lower Mammoth Softball Field|
|6 on 6 Parkwide Volleyball Tournament||August 4||Mammoth Recreation Hall|
|Parkwide Dodgeball Tournament||August 5||Old Faithful Recreation Hall|
|4 on 4 Parkwide Basketball Tournament||August 9||Mammoth Recreation Hall|
|Parkwide Cornhole Tournament||August 12||Old Faithful Employee Pub|
|3 Point Contest||August 16||Mammoth Recreation Hall|
|Home Run Derby||August 17||Fishing Bridge Softball Field|
|Golf Tournament||August 19||Overland Golf Course – Big Timber, MT|
It would be next to impossible to entertain each of Yellowstone’s 4,300 employees with the story of the grizzly you saw cross the Grand Loop Road, or the owl that perched in your camp, but through the Summer Photo Contest you can do just that! After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.
This peer-judged event is our way of sharing and showcasing the spectacular images we’ve caught on film this spring and summer. The contest has five categories: Landscape, Wildlife, Close Up, People, and Humorous. Each contestant may enter one submission per category. Judging will be held August 22, 23 and 24 to coincide with Xanterra Job Fairs.
Submit entries to a location recreation office by 5:00 pm on Monday, August 14 for a chance to win money for a top three placing in each of the five categories.
|Mammoth Recreation Hall||August 22||11 am – 2 pm|
|Lake Recreation Hall||August 23||11 am – 2 pm|
|Canyon Xanterra Employee Dining Room||August 23||5 pm – 7 pm|
|Old Faithful Recreation Hall||August 24||11 am – 2 pm|
|Grayling Dorm Lobby (Grant Village)||August 24||6 pm – 9 pm|
For entry forms visit a recreation office or print one here:
Photo Contest Entry Form – Summer 2017
Mountain lion, cougar, puma, panther, catamount – this animal has more names than any other mammal in the Western Hemisphere, yet it is seldom-seen and shrouded in mystery. Learn where cougars live in Yellowstone, explore their biology and ecology, and look into their secretive lives through the lenses of hidden cameras.
Carolyn Harwood is a Resident Instructor with the Yellowstone Association Institute. She studied Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management at Northern Michigan University and is a Certified Interpretive Trainer through the National Association for Interpretation. For several years, she has studied, tracked, and filmed mountain lions in her free time.
Wednesday, June 29 6:00 pm Mammoth Conference Room
Tuesday, July 26 7:00 pm Old Faithful Recreation Hall
Wednesday, July 27 7:00 pm Lake Recreation Hall
Who is singing that sweet song? What kind of hawk is that? What is that brilliantly colored duck? If you are curious about the array of birds inhabiting Yellowstone, this program will answer your questions and provide an overview of Yellowstone’s amazing feathered wildlife.
Katy Duffy, Yellowstone’s former interpretive planner and supervisor, studied birds for more than 25 years in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Katy is a licensed bird bander and has banded birds in Montana, Wyoming, New Jersey and Israel.
Thursday, June 30 6:00 pm Mammoth Conference Room
Friday, July 1 7:00 pm Canyon Recreation Hall
Thursday, July 7 7:00 pm Old Faithful Recreation Hall