DRIGGS, Idaho -A new exhibit designed and built by students at Brigham Young University-Idaho will soon open inside the community gallery of the Teton Geotourism Center (TGC), featuring the evolution of Yellowstone and its tourism trends.
The public is invited for the opening of the Evolution of Yellowstone: Celebrating 100 Years of National Park Service exhibit on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the TGC, 60 S. Main, in downtown Driggs. After brief comments by representatives of the TGC and BYU-Idaho, the exhibit will open to those in attendance.
"The new exhibit featuring 100 years of the National Park Service and the methods of travel to Yellowstone will enhance our basic draw and service to the visitors of the area," said Deb Hinkley, the executive director of the Teton Geotourism Center.
Students at BYU-Idaho developed the exhibit taking an idea from concept to creation as part of a class project and in conjunction with the TGC.
The Teton Geotourism Center is located along Idaho's Teton Scenic Byway, about an hour from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The TGC, developed in collaboration with National Geographic and the Idaho Scenic Byways program, is a new concept in place-based visitor centers. Geotourism is "best practice" tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place, including its culture, environment, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. The TGC is one of the first visitor centers in the nation to be designed from the ground up with these tenets, to provide the traveler with a glimpse into the life and lifestyle of the distinct region along the Teton Scenic Byway, which includes communities from Ashton to Swan Valley.
BYU-Idaho and the TGC are excited about another collaboration and look to nurture their long partnership, as they provide educational information and displays for local residents and tourists.