Albright VC reopening this spring

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Posted by Ballpark Frank ( on 11:50:20 02/03/15

I'm copying this verbatim from YA's latest e-newsletter. It is redundant for those of you who receive it, but I wanted to give this news wider distribution. There is no mention of a return of the auditorium, where Bob Landis and Lee Whittlesey presented to the assembled Loons during Loonions of yore, but that does not mean that those involved in the planning for the 2015 Loonion should not schedule some activity or event up Mammoth way. It sounds like the NPS is deploying some way improved technology to tell the story of Yellowstone in general, and "The American Serengeti" in particular. Here's the story:

Albright Visitor Center Scheduled to Reopen this Spring

Renovations to the Albright Visitor Center in Mammoth Hot Springs are underway to bring the structure up to current seismic and radon standards, as well as to update exhibits and improve visitor services. The historic building, built in 1909 as the Bachelor Officer's Quarters in Fort Yellowstone, is named for Horace M. Albright, the first National Park Service superintendent of Yellowstone National Park.

The first floor of the renovated facility will focus on visitor orientation, as well as the rich wildlife diversity found in the Mammoth area and throughout the northern range. "Telling the wildlife story has become a major focus for the new exhibits in the building," says Linda Young, Yellowstone Chief, Division of Resource Education and Youth Programs. A large, three-dimensional diorama will tell the story of the "American Serengeti." In addition to a traditional information desk, visitors will experience state-of-the-art orientation on large, interactive computer screens which provide updates on campsite availability, road conditions, and weather--as well as educational videos on how to safely enjoy viewing wildlife.

The first floor will also feature an interactive children's corner and a dedicated Yellowstone Association Park Store. The backcountry office and restrooms will be located on the basement floor, along with a broad overview of Yellowstone National Park history, including its establishment as the world's first national park, the Army Era in Yellowstone, and the beginning of the National Park Service.

The Yellowstone Association is providing nearly $2.3 million for the interpretive exhibits and the finishes and furnishings for the new Park Store. "We think it will be a much improved experience for our visitors," says Young.

The visitor center is scheduled to open in late April 2015, with a grand reopening celebration set for mid-June. Updates and opening dates can be found on the park's official website:

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