Effective Date: December 16, 2016. Updated: May 19, 2017. This Policy updates and overrides any preexisting policies found on any Yellowstone Forever (or Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Park Foundation) web properties.

Yellowstone Forever, formerly the Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Park Foundation, respects your right to privacy. Because we know many of you care, this privacy policy (“Policy”) overviews the kind of information collected through Yellowstone Forever’s website (, e-mail sign-ups, online donation forms, online park store, and other web properties (“Site”) and how we use such information. We do not rent or sell your personal information and we do not engage in telephone solicitations.

By visiting the Site, you fully accept the terms of this Policy and the practices it describes. If you do not agree, please discontinue your use of the Site. If you are signed up for e-mail updates you may unsubscribe at any time — simply contact us.

Yellowstone Forever reserves the right at any time and without prior notice to make updates to this Policy. If we do so, we’ll make sure that updates are reflected on this page and a note is added above and where the Policy is noted on Yellowstone Forever’s homepage. Updates are effective immediately upon posting.

If you have questions regarding this Policy, please send us an email at and reference “Privacy Policy” in the subject line.

What Information We Collect and How We Use this Information: 

E-mail Subscriber and Donor Information

Yellowstone Forever gives visitors the option of signing up for our e-mail list in order to receive updates about our programs and efforts to support the world’s first national park — Yellowstone, and ways to support us. Our sign-up form requires subscribers to provide their personal contact information that may include name, email address, format preference (HTML vs. Text), mailing address, and other similar information. We store this personal information in a secure database that only Yellowstone Forever and Blackbaud, Inc. (formerly Convio), our third-party fundraising and constitute management service provider have access to.

We use this information to: send you a welcome e-mail and periodic information about Yellowstone Forever and its activities; customize your engagement through personalized Site and e-mail content; send invitations for you to take part in programs and events located near you or otherwise tailor our communications to you; respond to questions you submit; contact you as needed about Site updates and other changes; engage in our internal analyses, site audits, fraud monitoring, and development of new features that will improve the Site and allow us to assess how we are doing fulfilling Yellowstone Forever’s mission; and allow you to participate in any contests we host, provided that you may need to share additional information in order to take part. Blackbaud, Inc.’s use and access is limited to the scope of services it provides us.

Yellowstone Forever also provides visitors the ability to support our work through an online donation portal. In order to do so, visitors must indicate the amount of their donation and provide us with their name, mailing address, e-mail address, and other personal information. This information is stored on a secure database that only Yellowstone Forever has access to. We only use it in order to process and acknowledge your donation, whether on a one-time basis or monthly basis if so authorized.

To complete a donation through our donation portal, donors also must enter their credit card information into fields that are securely encrypted and processed through Blackbaud, Inc., whose services include credit card processing. Alternatively, donors have the option of completing their online donation by using PayPal. Note that Yellowstone Forever does not, itself, store or have access to any credit card information you submit here to complete your donation.

Donors additionally have the option to join our e-mail list, in which case we’ll use your personal information as described above.

Information Collected Through Online Park Store

Yellowstone Forever operates an online park store where individuals can purchase educational materials and register for programs that will enhance their park experience. In order to purchase materials or register for programs through the store, individuals must complete an online transaction form. The form requires visitors to provide their name, contact information including e-mail address, and credit card information that are securely encrypted and processed through Magento, a recognized third-party e-commerce platform provider, and only used to fulfill your request. To fulfill a request, Magento provides Yellowstone Forever with your name and contact information including e-mail, which we store on a secure database. Magento also submits your credit card information to PayPal for secure processing in order to complete the transaction. Yellowstone Forever does not, itself, store or have access to any credit card information you submit here to complete your donation.

Visitors to our online park store additionally have the option to sign up for our e-mail list, in which case we’ll use your personal information as described above.

We do not collect any other personally identifiable information through the Site unless you provide it to us. However, if you submit such information to us, you represent that you have the authority to do so and allow us to use it according to this Policy. If you give us false or inaccurate information, or if we have reasonable grounds to suspect that your information is false or inaccurate, we have the right to suspend or terminate your access to the Site.

If you would like to review the personal information we’ve collected about you and/or make corrections, please do not hesitate to contact us. Requests are usually processed within several business days.

Other Collected Information

Log Files

As is customary, Yellowstone Forever may collect additional information through our log files about your use of the Site, but that is not personally identifiable. Our Site log files may record your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address associated with the computer or device you use to access the Site, your browser and operating system, type of device, time and date of visiting the Site, the content you view, the length of your Site visit, and the links you use to access the Site, regardless of whether you sign up for e-mail updates or make an online donation.

We use this information to address or help diagnose problems with our server, administer the Site, analyze trends, track visitors’ movement, gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the Site, and deliver customized, personalized content.

Use of ‘Cookies’

Our Site may use cookies to store basic information and preferences so we can customize and enhance your visitor experience. Cookies are pieces of data that websites transfer to your computer or device and are used for record-keeping purposes so that we recognize you when visit the Site again. Use of cookies makes visits easier by performing functions such as saving your passwords and personal preferences regarding your Site use.

Your browser is probably set to accept cookies from us. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can change your browser settings accordingly. If you refuse them, it is possible that some areas of our Site will not function properly when you view them. To learn more about cookies, visit

How We Share Your Information:

From time to time, we may have third parties perform services on Yellowstone Forever’s behalf, including assisting us with data processing and Site analytics, fraud protection, and other similar activities. Such parties will have access to your personal information only to the extent they need access to perform services for Yellowstone Forever and are required, as our agents, to maintain the confidentiality and security of such information. Otherwise, we will not share your personal information with anyone else, except if we are required to so by law or if we have a reasonable belief that such action is necessary to comply with a court order or other legal process served on Yellowstone Forever or the Site; protect and defend our rights or property, including the Site; or act under emergency circumstances to protect the personal safety of our staff, visitors, or the general public.

Yellowstone Forever reserves the right to share any non-personally identifiable information in any manner we determine is reasonable or necessary, including sharing it with third parties to better assess how the Site is used and identify ways to improve it. We also will use this information with others in aggregate form about how the Site is used, including statistics such as the number of Site visits.

What Security Measures We Use:

All personal information provided to Yellowstone Forever is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is an industry-accepted coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt or scramble data before you send it to us.

We also protect the personal information we have about you in our database by placing it on a secure portion of our Site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of the Yellowstone Forever. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100 percent secure. Although we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information. Yellowstone Forever does not store in our database nor do we have access to the credit card information you submit through our online donation portal or through the educational online park store.

Other Websites and Third-Party Links: 

Our Site may contain links to other third-party sites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another site for which the Yellowstone Forever has no responsibility. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our Site and to read the privacy statements of each and every site that collects your personal information. This Policy only applies to the information Yellowstone Forever collects through this Site.

Information From Children Under 13:

Yellowstone Forever’s Site is not intended for use by children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you are under 13, please do not send any information about yourself to Yellowstone Forever, including your name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address. In the event that we learn that Yellowstone Forever has collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us.

Cross-Border Transfer Notice:

The Site is controlled and operated by Yellowstone Forever from the United States. If you are located outside of this country, you acknowledge and understand that any personally identifiable information you submit through the Site will be transferred to us here in the United States, the laws of which your country may consider inadequate for data protection. If you are not in the United States and voluntarily submit personally identifiable information to us, you consent to its general use as provided in this Policy and to the transfer and storage of that information in the United States. Yellowstone Forever does not intend to subject itself to the laws or jurisdiction of anywhere outside of the United States.

Changes to Policy: 

Yellowstone Forever reserves the right at any time and without prior notice to make updates to this Policy. If Yellowstone Forever decides to update this Policy, we will post a notice about changes to it at the top of this page ( and where this Policy is noted on our homepage (, and anywhere else we determine is appropriate to ensure that Site visitors always know what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we share it.

If Yellowstone Forever decides to use e-mail subscribers or donors’ personal information in a way that is different from what is reflected here at the time of collection, we will notify them by e-mail. They will then have the option of approving whether we use their information in this different manner.

How to Unsubscribe:

You may unsubscribe from Yellowstone Forever e-mail updates at any time, and we will make that option readily available. Unsubscribe links are included at the bottom of every e-mail communication that we send. If you are unable to complete your request through our automated process, please contact us. Requests are usually completed within several business days.

Once you have unsubscribed, Yellowstone Forever and its agents may retain your information for a reasonable period of time for backup and archival purposes, including, without limitation, to maintain necessary records of donations and online park store transactions. 

Contact Us:

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, you can contact:

Yellowstone Forever

P.O. Box 117

Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190


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