Our Communications Director recently took a trip to visit family right outside of Yellowstone National Park. Not only did they travel around the park but Laura Ann also met with Wendie Carr the Chief Marketing Officer for Yellowstone Forever, the National Parks official non profit partner organization.  Below are photos from her adventures.

Ranger Bob Furhmann and Laura Ann Johnson FSBD Communications Director

Here I am with my brother-in-law Bob Furhmann who is the Supervisory Park Ranger Branch Chief, in front of the Yellowstone National Park sign at the North entrance to the park.  Bob oversees all the youth programming in the park and is gearing up for a great summer hosting about 60 youth who will come to help build and maintain trails through Yellowstone National Park’s Youth Conservation Corps program.

Roosevelt Arch

The Roosevelt Arch is a famous landmark at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Montana. The arch was constructed per the request of  President Theodore Roosevelt, under the supervision of the US Army at Fort Yellowstone, in 1903. The top of the arch is inscribed with a quote from the Organic Act of 1872, the legislation which created Yellowstone, which reads: “For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People”.

four bull moose in the Lamar Valley


Much like Michigan, spring takes a long time to arrive, but the animals are starting to move back to higher elevation which means back into the park.  We were taking a drive through the Lamar Valley between Mammoth hot springs and Cook City and stumbled upon a very rare sight…. Four bull moose! This is the time of year when many animals like moose and elk shed their antlers.  All four of these guys had recently lost their antlers and will start to re-grow them. Fun fact about Moose, they start to overheat at 45 degrees which is why they spend much of their time in or near water.

Hike on the Rescue Creek Trail


They say if you don’t like the weather in Yellowstone, wait five minutes…. This is a photo of my husband Tom and our 20 month old Abner on the Rescue Creek trail. It was sunny, cloudy, rained a little, but overall a great hike! We saw five different types of ungulates (hoofed animals) bison, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, elk, and mule deer (not nearly as pretty as our white tailed deer).

Yellowstone Forever in Gardiner MT

Lastly a big thank you goes to Wendie Carr, the Chief Marketing Officer at Yellowstone Forever, Yellowstone National Parks official non profit partner. This organization is really cool! They do a ton of education programs for all ages, help fundraise for projects and in general raise awareness about the park and how to help preserve it. I had a great meeting with Wendie and learned a lot about how we can effectively spread the word about these amazing National Parks and Lakeshores!