The Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center
a half mile north of the Town Square, the Visitor Center is open
year-round to assist you during your vacation. Our friendly staff from a
variety of agencies look forward to making your trip memorable. Sit in
on an interpretive presentation with a naturalist or catch a film
screening on local wildlife. Learn about the local wildlife and
ecosystem with our interactive displays. Relax on our wildlife and
wetlands viewing decks, or check out the bookstore and gift shop with
guides, maps, books and souvenirs. The Visitor Center is also the place
to obtain Federal lands passes as well as hunting and fishing
licenses. We also have restrooms, courtesy telephones and a mail drop
for our guests' convenience.
Antlers are the fastest growing bone of any mammals. Find out more about these unique structures as you "Explore the Nature of Wyoming."
The National Elk Refuge
National Elk Refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a
premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve
America's fish, wildlife, and plants. Since Theodore Roosevelt
designated the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the system has grown to
more than 150 million acres and is administered by the U.S. Fish and
Located adjacent to the Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the National Elk Refuge is guided by the agency's mission to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Simply put, the refuge manages for "wildlife first." Consequently, the refuge offers fewer recreational opportunities than its federal neighbors in order to carry out this mission.
National Elk Refuge celebrates its centennial in 2012. An Act of
Congress on August 10, 1912 appropriated money for the purchase of lands
and maintenance of a winter elk refuge, which created the present day
National Elk Refuge. The Refuge is approximately 25,000 acres and is
devoted primarily to the preservation of winter range for wintering
herds of elk and bison. In addition, the area provides habitat and
crucial wintering areas for a variety of other wildlife, including
trumpeter swans, bald eagles, ravens, bighorn sheep, mule deer, moose,
coyotes, wolves, and a variety of waterfowl.
2014 Preliminary ElkFest Schedule of Events (Subject to Change)
Saturday, May 17
All events on Town Square except where noted. Schedule subject to change.
7 am: Antler lots for B.S.A. Elk Antler Auction ready for viewing
7 am - 1 pm: Food Court provided by Jackson Youth Baseball - Breakfast includes sweet potato pancakes, coffee, and bottled
water. Lunch includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, soft drinks, and bottled water.
9 am - 3 pm: Private Antler Sale north of the Town Square by Rotary Club, contact J.R. Berezay at 307-732-5944.
am-2 pm: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Great Elk Tour - The premier
traveling conservation exhibit with some of the largest bull elk in the
world! Sponsored by the National Elk Refuge
9 am-1 pm: Kids'
Corner - including educational tables and games. Sponsored by Wyoming Game & Fish, Jackson Hole Weed Management, the National Elk Refuge, and the Jackson Hole Historical Society
9 am: Registration for Boy Scouts of America Antler Auction begins
9 am-9:45 am: Free concert by Jackson Hole Community Band
am-1 pm: ElkFest Gifts - Purchase your exclusive 2014 Elk Fest t-shirts
and ball caps. The Grand Teton Association sponsors the Elk Fest gifts
booth. All proceeds will benefit the National Elk Refuge.
10 am-1 pm: World Famous Jackson Hole Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction
10 am-1 pm: Jackson B.S.A. Boy Scout and Cub Scout Expo
5 pm: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Casino Games and Silent Auction begins at the Bar J Chuckwagon
pm: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Big Game Banquet Annual Fundraising
Dinner at the Bar J Chuckwagon. For more information, call Chuck Teske,(307) 739-0951, or Michelle Kren, (307) 203-2470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, May 18 - Jackson Hole High Noon Chili Cook-Off
Teams compete to deliver the best tastes of chili in the West!
Professional and amateur teams will take pride to serve you up some of
the best chili to wind down the ElkFest weekend. $5 entrance fee. For more information, please contact Renee Leone, Events Coordinator, email@example.com or 307.733.3316. Interested in competing? Entries will be taken until Sunday, May 11. Click here to download the entry form. For more information, please contact Renee Leone, Events Coordinator, 307.733.3316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 16-Monday, May 26 - Mountain Man Rendezvous and Traders Row
9:30am-5:00pm Daily: Experience history! Traders Row, Candy Cannon, Bow & Arrow Competition, Hawk & Knife Competition, and Atlatl Competition at the Teton County Fairgrounds. Continues through Old West Days. For more information, please contact the booshway, Betsy Johnson, 801.641.9451.