Getting on/off vans/mini-buses. Walking up to 1/2 mile around a museum. Sitting on a wagon-style horse-drawn sleigh for up to 1 hour. Total driving time 1 hour.
Dining lodge buffet.
We’ll head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art to explore the museum with an experienced docent. Resting upon a dramatic cliff overlooking the National Elk Refuge, the building was inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. More than 5,000 pieces of art serve to enrich and inspire the relationship between man and nature.
At Palate Restaurant in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, we will enjoy lunch from a select menu. Coffee, tea, water included.
We'll venture to the National Elk Refuge and board a horse-drawn sleigh to ride amongst thousands of wintering elk. The sleigh will allow us to get close to the elk, observe their behavior and witness them feeding, socializing, and resting. The sleigh ride will also give us the opportunity to see other wildlife, such as coyotes, mule deer, bald eagles, and hawks. Following our ride, we will visit the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center where we can watch birds and speak with representatives from several government, private, and non-profit agencies.We will also enjoy some free time to wander the streets of Jackson to snap a photo under the elk antler arches on the Town Square or peruse the shops and art galleries. We will then head back to campus.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like from the selection of restaurants in downtown Jackson. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Shuttles from campus to downtown will be provided.