Winter Wildlife Excursions
excursions are offered five days per week during the winter season to persons interested in a guided van tour along the
Refuge Road where elk, bighorn sheep, waterfowl, and other animals can
frequently be seen close to the roadway. Participants enjoy accompanying a
naturalist to learn more about refuge history and wildlife management other than
in a traditional visitor center setting. Photos of the winter wildlife excursions can be found on the National Elk Refuge photo gallery.
During the 2013 / 2014 season, the wildlife excursion program begins on Tuesday, December 17 and runs through Saturday, March 15. Tours are available Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1:30 - 4:00 pm, with an additional morning trip offered on Saturdays from 9:30 - noon. Group size is limited; reservations are required. Call 307.734.9378 or stop in the visitor center to reserve a seat.
The program is free of charge. Winter naturalists and the wildlife viewing van are paid for with non-government funds through a partnership with the Grand Teton Association. The nonprofit organization supports National Elk Refuge educational programming through proceeds from sales at the visitor center store.
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