Here are the results for the 2016 Summer Employee Photo Contest. Congratulations to all the winners! And thank you to all the participants – the ones that entered photos as well as the ones that viewed and voted on your favorites.
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
Have you ever wanted to experience the true beauty of Yellowstone and camp in the backcountry? At this interactive seminar we will teach you all the basic skills needed for your backcountry trip! You’ll learn how to plan a trip, what gear you should bring, how to pack your gear, and how to be safe in grizzly country. We will also have a used backpacking gear sale while supplies last immediately following the seminar.
Mammoth Hot Springs Recreation Hall Friday, June 3rd @ 7:00 PM
Old Faithful Recreation Hall Tuesday, June 7th @ 7:00 PM
Lake Recreation Hall Friday, June 10th @ 7:00 PM
Canyon Recreation Hall Tuesday, June 14th @ 7:00 PM
Grayling Dorm Lobby (Grant) Friday, June 24th @ 7:00 PM
There’s no better way to commemorate your summer working in the world’s first national park than Yellowstone Staff Gear! We have a variety of items for sale in all our location recreation offices.
Other Staff Gear
(Not Pictured – Koozies available for $2)
It wouldn’t be Yellowstone without bears! Learn about these iconic animals, their history in the park, their characteristics and behaviors, and how to avoid and handle a bear encounter.
Presented by a member of the NPS Bear Management Program.
Learn all about Yellowstone’s most talked about residents from a Wolf Project Field Technician.
Click on the flyer for times and dates.
Recreation Offices will be opening soon!
Our location recreation halls and offices will be opening soon. The location recreation halls are open from 5 am – 12 pm daily and the recreation office hours are posted on the activity calendars that you can find hanging around your location. Please stop by once our offices are open and check out all we have to offer – van trips, athletic events, big screen movie nights, staff items for sale…the list goes on. Below are the dates for office openings. Aside from the Mammoth Rec Hall (which is open now), all of the rec halls will open the same day as the office at 5 am that morning.
Mammoth Rec Office – Opens at 2 pm on Thursday, April 28
Old Faithful Rec Office – Opens at 2 pm on Thursday, April 28
Lake Rec Office – Opens at 2 pm on Thursday, May 12
Grant Rec Office – Opens at 2 pm on Thursday, May 26
Canyon Rec Office – Opens at 2 pm on Thursday, May 26
It’s the off-season here in Yellowstone National Park but the Mammoth Recreation Hall is still open for your exercising needs! Our hours are 5 am – 12 am every day. Free weights, ellipticals, treadmills, a stationary bike and kettlebells are all available for use. Pickup Volleyball (every Thursday at 7:00 pm) will also continue dependent on participation.
Fitness classes will continue to be offered through the shoulder season every MONDAY and WEDNESDAY.
– Jessi Gerdes will be teaching PiYo from 12 pm – 1 pm on Mondays.
– Robin Park will be teaching Yogalates from 12 pm – 1 pm on Wednesdays.
All employees are welcome so please come! The classes are in the Mammoth Recreation Hall and are $5 each. The rec hall is CLOSED to everyone not participating during these classes.
Click here for our rec hall schedule.
We also have staff items for sale as well as bear spray for $35 (THE BEARS ARE OUT AND ROAMING AROUND!!) in the Parkwide Recreation Office. The Parkwide Recreation Office is generally open Monday – Thursday from 8 am – 5 pm. However, our hours are subject to change this time of year.
Our location recreation offices will be opening soon. See below for dates:
Mammoth Recreation Office April 28, 2016
Old Faithful Recreation Office April 28, 2016
Lake Recreation Office May 19, 2016
Grant Recreation Office May 26, 2016
Canyon Recreation Office May 26, 2016