Library, Refuge get wild about wildlife

JACKSON, Wyo. — Today marks National Wildlife Refuge Week. To celebrate, the National Elk Refuge is partnering with the Jackson branch of the Teton County Library to offer wildlife-themed project packets for families all winter.

The first packet will be available during National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 11-17). Library patrons can pick-up the free project packets during regular curbside pickup hours at the Jackson branch all week. The free packets will be available first-come first-serve, until supplies run out.

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week 2020 with Make Your Own Wildlife Mask, Animalympics Activity Booklet, and a virtual wildlife themed story-time hosted by Teton County Library.

National Wildlife Refuge Week celebrates the great network of lands and waters that conserve and protect Americans’ precious wildlife heritage.

Did you know that there are 568 National Wildlife Refuges in the United States? Jackson Hole is home to one of these wildlife refuges: the National Elk Refuge. 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.

Kids can look for additional wildlife-themed project packets at the Teton County Library beginning the second Sunday of each month, November through March. Packets will be available first-come first-serve, until supplies run out. See below for a tentative schedule of projects (subject to change):

  • October 11: Make Your Own Wildlife Mask & Animalympics
  • November 8: Refuge Scavenger Hunt & Wildlife Coloring Book
  • December 13: Trumpeter Swan Activity Booklet & DIY Bead Snowflakes
  • January 10: Animal Tracks Activity
  • February 14: Wildlife-themed Valentine’s Day Watercolor Postcards
  • March 14: DIY Birdhouses & Backyard Bird Identification Booklet

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