Flat Creek in the Elk Refuge is now open for fishing. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — The National Elk Refuge is celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week, Oct. 10 through the 16, with library art packets, an October Art Challenge, and an outdoor display of the 100 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp entries from the 2021 contest.

The Refuge is partnering with Teton County Library, Jackson branch to offer art packets for families. Library patrons can pick up the free project packets during open hours at the Jackson branch, beginning Oct. 8. The free packets will be available first-come-first-serve until supplies run out. Daily projects begin Monday, Oct. 11 with weekly art prompts for the entire month of October.

Week 1 prompts will focus on National Wildlife Refuge Week, Week 2 prompts will focus on Cultural History, and Week 3 prompts will focus on Conservation. Prompts will
be posted on Mondays for the week.

The Murie Family Park will display the top 100 entries from the Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp 2021 contest Oct 12-16. Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp is part of a national art contest that combines art and conservation. K-12 students in Wyoming are able to draw their favorite native species of waterfowl and learn about the importance of conservation of wetlands. The top 100 entries receive prizes and the Wyoming Best of Show goes on to compete at the national level, against the Best of Shows from across the country.

National Wildlife Refuge Week celebrates the great network of lands and waters that conserve and protect Americans’ precious wildlife heritage. There are 568 National Wildlife Refuges in the United States. The National Elk Refuge provides, preserves, restores, and manages winter habitat for the nationally significant Jackson Elk herd as well as habitat for endangered species, birds, fish, and other mammals.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.