Billings, Montana, Jan 20, 2010– Austin-Lehman Adventures (ALA – http://www.austinlehman.com/), a leader in active vacations in the Americas, Europe and Africa, has selected Glacier National Park and the Glacier National Park Fund, as the beneficiary of its first annual “Preserve a Park” program for 2010, the year of the park’s celebrated 100th anniversary.
“Preserve a Park” is the platform for ALA’s newly established conservation and educational initiative, an ongoing program that will be aligned with a different national park each year. The company will provide financial contributions to an organization that best supports that designated park, while featuring an educational experience for guests who book one of the tour company’s “Preserve a Park” trips.
This year, ALA will donate $100 per guest from each Glacier Park vacation tour it runs to the Glacier National Park Fund (http://www.glacierfund.org/), a 501 (c)(3)organization that supports the ongoing and future preservation of Glacier National Park’s natural beauty and cultural heritage by fostering public awareness and encouraging private philanthropy. For 2010, ALA offers three, six-day / five-night trips to Glacier Park during its centennial year as a national park: August 1-6, August 8-13, and August 15-20; price per person is $2498.
Collaborating with the Glacier National Park Fund and local experts on such topics as glacier activity, history and wildlife, the ALA Glacier National Park vacation will feature an educational element woven throughout the week, including an afternoon or evening with the experts from Glacier National Park Fund to enrich the trip experience. In 1850, Glacier National Park had 150 glaciers spread over its acreage and today only 26 survive. Guests will learn from active travelers and local experts, intimately familiar with the park’s challenges and rewards and can offer special insights.
A UNESCO World Heritage site and, coupled with Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, the worlds’ first Peace Park, Glacier National Park is an adventurer’s paradise known to Native Americans as the “Backbone of the World”. It preserves over one million acres of glacier-carved terrain that encompasses old growth forest, alpine lakes, rugged mountains and sweeping meadows of wildflowers. Travelers bike, hike and raft through the Park’s less traveled trails and most famous routes, including the celebrated Going-to-the-Sun Road (one of North America’s most scenic roads and an 11-year building feat), and savor an up-close look at the park’s wildlife, natural wonders and awe-inspiring yet threatened glaciers.
According to Dan Austin, co-founder of Austin-Lehman Adventures, “Our national park vacations (http://www.austinlehman.com/national-park-trips-pages-117.php) have been our most popular, and they also represent opportunities to express our support for safeguarding our great parks. We chose Glacier National Park to acknowledge its centennial and we are delighted to name the Glacier National Park Fund as the recipient of our donation.”
For further information on Austin-Lehman Adventures’ “Preserve a Park” program, or to book the Glacier National Park vacation, contact Austin-Lehman Adventures at 1-800-575-1540 or visit http://www.austinlehman.com/.
About Austin-Lehman Adventures
Ranked number one as the “World’s Best Tour Operator” in 2009 by readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine, Austin-Lehman Adventures, with a 35-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on four continents. ALA has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe and southern Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture, and geography’s natural beauty. Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. Founders Dan Austin and Paul Lehman believe the best way to enjoy a destination is to experience it as a local; close-up, at one’s own pace far off the usual tourist track. In addition to its scheduled group departures, ALA also offers customized trip planning for families, solo travelers and adults. Â To back up its strong commitment to the highest levels of guest service, ALA offers all its travelers a money back guarantee, a rarity among adventure travel companies