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Summer road trip: Jackson Hole museum offers free family fun May 21, 2013  |  Categories: Events, Exhibits, Sculpture Trail

Left, Richard Loffler’s 64-foot-long heroic-sized bronze “Buffalo Trail,” greets visitors to the National Museum of Wildlife Art Sculpture Trail; right, face painting is one of the family-friendly activities at the Plein Air Festival.

Jackson Hole Road Trip Destination: National Museum of Wildlife Art Museum’s sculpture trail offers free outdoor family fun for summer

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – May 21, 2013 – With family schedules stretched to the max during the school year, summer road trips offer an opportunity to reconnect with each other while taking in the scenery. The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo., is the perfect summer getaway destination offering something for all ages – including free exhibitions and activities outdoors on the museum’s Sculpture Trail amid breathtakingly beautiful Jackson Hole scenery.

Designed by renowned landscape architect Walter Hood and completed in 2012, the museum’s three-quarter-mile-long Sculpture Trail winds up and down hills and around the museum grounds – offering a great opportunity for little ones to burn off energy from sitting in the car – with a panoramic view of the National Elk Refuge. Magnificent sculptures specially commissioned for the trail, as well temporary exhibitions, make the walk a labor of love. Upcoming summer activities and shows on the trail include:

“Traveling Trout” statewide art competition: Wyoming high school art students were challenged to turn plain white fiberglass trout into distinctive works of art. The resulting dynamic and colorful “school” of fish sculptures is on exhibit on the trail through October 6, 2013.

The Lost Bird Project, June 14 – November 10. Ponder the loss of once plentiful North American birds. An edition of the Lost Bird Project’s bronze memorials for the Passenger Pigeon, the Carolina Parakeet, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, and the Heath Hen will be installed on the Sculpture Trail through fall, inviting connections to currently threatened species. The original editions of the five sculptures are installed across North America in locations related to each bird’s disappearance.

Plein Air Festival, June 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This free family-friendly event, hosted by the National Museum of Wildlife art on the Sculpture Trail, offers the excitement of more than 30 artists completing masterpieces “en plein air” – which will then be available for sale.  A Jambalaya Cook-off with Jackson Hole chefs, fun kids activities and live music by the local band Jackson 6 complete the event.

Yoga on the Trail: Parents may need a break after a car trip with the family, and Yoga on the Trail offers a moment of tranquility with top Jackson Hole instructors, who donate their time to create the weekly event at no charge. Yoga on the Trail is offered Thursdays, 10 – 11 a.m., from July 11 – August 29, 2013.

In addition to the Sculpture Trail’s many sights and diversions, the National Museum of Wildlife Art offers a full schedule of exhibitions and activities indoors, including the Children’s Discovery Gallery, a beautifully designed, self-directed activity area for children. The gallery includes a hands-on artist’s studio, life-size diorama, animal costumes, reading nook, and puppet theater. Age-specific “Critter Cases” – featuring fun ways for kids to engage with the art – can be checked out for free at the admissions desk. The calendar of summer exhibitions and activities is available on the museum website at www.wildlifeart.org.

Finally, to make the trip back home enjoyable, the museum shop offers many books, toys and games for the road. Or check out the online games on the museum website.

The museum is open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children 5-18, and free for children under 5. Admission to the Sculpture Trail is free.

A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org. The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335, darla@wordenpr.com; Ponteir Sackrey National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey@wildlifeart.org.