Free-for-locals holiday fun at the museum: Wild about the Season is Sunday, Dec. 1 November 22, 2013

Santa (left) is an honored guest at the museum’s “Wild about the Season” event (right), which last year attracted more than 700 guests

Museum Makes Merry

Free-for-locals Wild about the Season event offers family fun, music, art and more

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – November 22, 2012 – A visit from Santa, cut-paper snowflakes, an “I Spy”-style game in the Wonder Cabinet exhibition, live music, a kids’ book signing, an awww-inspiring documentary about a baby polar bear, hot cocoa and more will greet visitors to the National Museum of Wildlife Art on Sunday, December 1. The annual “Wild about the Season” event is the December installment of the museum’s popular monthly First Sundays program, which provides fabulous fun for families on the first Sunday of every month, free for Jackson Hole locals.

“We’re decking the halls,” says Ponteir Sackrey, the museum’s director of development and marketing. “Wild about the Season is one of our favorite events to put on – it’s just so much fun to see the kids enjoying the holiday games and art projects. Plus we’ve got the exciting arrival of Santa, as a well as a visit from a life-size version of Carl the chipmunk, the main character in Lynn Friess’s picture books about the museum.”

The free-for-locals Wild about the Season celebration takes place at the museum Sunday, December 1 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Holiday refreshments including light snacks, hot cocoa and cider will be served, and scheduled activities include make-your-own snowflake and turkey ornament projects as well as a find-it game in the newly opened Wonder Cabinet exhibition  from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lynn Friess will be signing her “Carl” picture books from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; the movie “Knut & Friends” will play at 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m.; and  live music will be presented by Judd Grossman from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and by Francis Koerber of Teton Virtuoso from 2 – 4 p.m., with Santa Claus making his grand entrance at 1 p.m.

As part of its community giving initiative for the holiday season, the National Museum of Wildlife Art will be accepting donations of books, women’s gloves, hats and kitchen items, and non-perishable foods during Wild About the Season, with items to be donated to local nonprofits the Children’s Learning Center and Teton County Library, the Community Safety Network and the Jackson Hole Food Cupboard. And any museum membership purchased, either for patrons’ own use or to give as gifts, will be matched with a charitable donation of a family membership to be distributed through the Teton County Santa Claus Fund.

Wild about the Season is sponsored by Wells Fargo and Jan & Larry Finch. Check for the complete schedule of activities, entertainment, and hands-on fun for kids on the museum website at, or call 307-733-5771.

In addition to its busy art exhibition schedule, the National Museum of Wildlife Art offers a full schedule of year-round community programming, with some 100 free events including art-making activities, films, lectures, Art in Action guest artist workshops, cultural fun on the museum’s new Sculpture Trail and much more. The museum also provides free high-quality educational enrichment for school children, from online and onsite curriculum for teachers to student art contests and thematic school tours. And the museum becomes a vibrant community gathering space during popular social happenings like its monthly First Sundays and Mix’d Media events.

A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and 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  The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.


Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335,; Ponteir Sackrey, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444,