Minimum donation is $25
All funding donated will be dedicated towards project costs.
With public lands serving as a sanctuary of solace more now than ever, this project’s goal is to increase educational awareness about human impacts on the environment, specifically in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. In May 2022, Friends of the Bridger-Teton secured 1 million dollars in funding to expand our Ambassadors for Responsible Recreation program. This lodging-tax shift emphasizes sustainable tourism and has focused efforts in Teton County. This fundraiser with The Great Outdoors Fund is pivotal to ensure we have forest-wide ambassador representation in Sublette and Lincoln counties.
Ambassadors for Responsible Recreation (ARR) is a self-reinforcing initiative that aims to:
a) reach visitors where they are, both in terms of physical location & level of outdoor experience and
b) mitigate the negative impacts of increased use on the National Forest with volunteer ambassadors deployed at the Forest’s heaviest impacted sites
Ambassadors are a highly effective means to modify visitor behavior while also making users feel welcome. The face-to-face interactions that ambassadors provide are essential, especially when accompanied with strong educational & outreach components. By creating an approachable and safe space to learn, visitors can become good stewards of public lands.