July 28, 2014 (NER 14-21)
The National Elk Refuge will host two programs during the first week of August at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson. Both programs, offered in cooperation with Refuge partners, are family–friendly and free of charge.
On Saturday, August 2, interagency staff from both the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will offer a series of activities celebrating this year’s 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the landmark conservation bill that created a way for Americans to protect their most pristine wildlands for future generations. Participants at the visitor center event will have the opportunity to explore various aspects of wilderness management, complete a Wilderness Explorer Jr. Ranger Activity booklet, and earn a Wilderness Explorer badge. Though the activities target youths ages 8–young adults, all local and visiting public are invited to join in the fun. The event is scheduled from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
A second family–friendly program will be offered on Monday, August 4 as part of the Grand Teton Association’s Membership Week. The Grand Teton Association, a nonprofit organization that operates sales outlets in a number of federally–operated visitor centers and contact stations throughout the area, is generously sponsoring the Teton Raptor Center for an hour–long program at 2:00 pm. The popular program features a live bird demonstration and will give guests a unique opportunity to view and photograph raptors up close and learn about their habits, characteristics, and rehabilitation.
During the Grand Teton Association’s Membership Week, all current or new Association members will receive a 25% discount off all purchases throughout the week at any of the Association’s locations. In addition to the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center sales outlet, the Grand Teton Association also operates a small store at the Refuge’s Historic Miller House, located ¾ mile north of the Refuge’s entrance at the end of East Broadway Avenue. Proceeds from sales at the two locations support education, interpretive, and research projects at the National Elk Refuge.
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