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2013 / 2014 winter programs to begin on the National Elk Refuge

12_04_13_WinterPrograms_ArticleThe National Elk Refuge is pleased to announce the 2013 / 2014 winter program schedule for the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. 

December 4, 2013  (NER 13-28)

The National Elk Refuge is pleased to announce the 2013 / 2014 winter program schedule for the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. The visitor center, open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, is located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson. 

The Refuge’s most popular educational program takes place from the unique confines of a horse–drawn sleigh. Sleigh rides begin for the season on Monday, December 16 and operate daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, except for Christmas Day. The rides are an exciting way to observe and photograph wildlife on the Refuge. In addition to elk, passengers routinely see coyotes, bald eagles, trumpeter swans, ravens, and other wildlife. 

Participants purchase sleigh ride tickets at the visitor center and are transported on a free shuttle bus to the sleigh boarding area three miles north of Jackson. Sleighs depart three to four times each hour throughout the day, with rides typically lasting an hour. The sleigh rides are operated under contract by Double H Bar, Inc. Rates are $19 for adults and $15 for children ages 5 through 12, with children under age 5 riding for free. Reservations are required for private tours and groups of 20 people or more; smaller groups or families may make reservations, but advanced booking is not necessary. Additional information on sleigh rides, including group rates, reservations, and gift certificate purchases, is available by visiting the sleigh ride link or calling 307.733.0277. View photos of the sleigh rides on the National Elk Refuge's photo gallery.

For an additional opportunity to enjoy the abundant wildlife wintering on the Refuge, naturalists will offer wildlife viewing excursions five days per week to those interested in a guided tour along the Refuge Road where elk, bighorn sheep, waterfowl, and other animals can frequently be seen close to the roadway. Participants will accompany a naturalist to learn more about Refuge history and wildlife management other than in a traditional visitor center setting.   

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. Beginning December 5th, call 307.734.9378 or stop in the visitor center to reserve a seat. The wildlife viewing excursions are offered free of charge through the generous support of the Grand Teton Association. 

The Grand Teton Association is a nonprofit organization that operates sales outlets in a number of federally–operated visitor centers and contact stations throughout the area. The Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center serves as one of the association’s largest sales outlets. All full–price merchandise is discounted 20% through December 24, with current or new Grand Teton Association members receiving 25% off. Sales support educational, interpretive, and research projects on the National Elk Refuge. All store visitors that mention they heard advertising for the December sale will be entered to win two sleigh ride tickets. The drawing will take place on December 26. 





Last Updated: Jan 29, 2014
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