My Cultural Exchange Experience in the United States
By: Ariana Puentes Graham, Greenheart Exchange Senior Employer Services Manager
At the end of July, I had the pleasure of visiting Grand Teton Lodge National Park. Greenheart placed over 30 participants in the area, so I headed there to visit our participants and host organizations. As I explored the beautiful terrain and talked to staff members and participants about the area, I learned some pretty cool things about the park. Did you know that…
- The Teton Mountains (which span 40 miles long) are the youngest in the Rocky Mountains and even one of the youngest in the world?
- The mystery of the first mountain man in the United States takes place at Grand Teton? John Colter is considered by many to be America’s first mountain man. A stone was discovered at the park with John’s initials in the year 1808. Though it’s unknown whatever happened to John, many stories emerged from his mysterious disappearance.
- Birds of all shapes and sizes flock there? The array of bird species in the Grand Tetons is fascinating, making it a true dream destination for any bird watcher. J
- There are glaciers on the mountains? There are only a few trails that lead to these peaks, but it’s quite a sight to see.
- 61 different species of mammals have been recorded in the National Park? From bison to river otters; animals, big and small, call this beautiful park ‘home’. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see any with my own eyes… maybe next time!
These are just a few of the fun facts I learned during my exploration of Grand Teton National Park!
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