Park Experience

Visitors learn from the trailside exhibit on the Bristlecone Loop Trail. Credit: Michael Okimoto. 

Over the past twenty-five years, the Foundation has provided over $3 million worth of support to Great Basin National Park to support the Park’s most pressing needs. 

Enhancing the Visitor Experience

The Foundation has funded and managed numerous Park upgrades in order to enhance visitors’ experiences. This includes the construction of a living museum exhibit on the Bristlecone loop trail, installation of a new wayside experience at Mather Overlook, trail improvement projects, and more. We support Park staff members who connect with thousands of visitors, including multiple AmeriCorps interns each year. The Foundation also supports popular Park events, such as the annual BioBlitz and Astronomy Festival and Artist-in-Residence program. 

Improving Visitor Safety

It is our mission to ensure that every visitor is able to experience Great Basin National Park safely and comfortably. The Foundation has purchased search and rescue safety equipment for the Park and a backcountry repeater. 

The Great Basin Visitor Center

The Foundation was integral in the exhibit design, construction, and funding of the Great Basin Visitor Center in Baker. The Visitor Center introduces visitors to critical cultural and natural history concepts of the Park. 

Great Basin National Park Astronomy Festival

Each year we support the special guest speakers and volunteers that make the Astronomy Festival possible. We also provide free festival transportation so that visitors can safely attend from the Great Basin Visitor Center.

Great Basin National Park Bioblitz

Each year we support the subject matter experts and volunteers that make the citizen science BioBlitz possible.

Artist in Residence Program

In this highly competitive program, the Foundation with the Park select and sponsor three artists to live and work in the Park for 2-3 weeks as Artist-in-Residence. Artist share their inspiration at a Park program. All artistic disciplines are invited to apply each fall for the following year's spots.