Yellowstone Forever

June 13, 2011

Kids Have Fun Learning at Yellowstone's Wildlife Olympics

The Wildlife OlympicsA wolf can eat 20 pounds of food in one sitting.  A pronghorn antelope can sprint 25 yards in under one second, and a grizzly bear can smell a carcass from two miles away!

These are a handful of facts learned by kids of all ages at the Yellowstone Junior Ranger Wildlife Olympics, being held throughout the summer season at Mammoth Hot Springs, Canyon and Old Faithful Visitor Education Centers.

Kids and their families participate along with a park ranger in 12 activities, and have fun learning about Yellowstone’s wildlife.  Activities include leaping like a snowshoe hare, jumping like a mountain lion, holding one’s breath like a beaver, not blinking like an owl, and standing on one leg like a great blue heron.

2011: The 20 scheduled events began June 7 and will run from noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at alternating locations through August 12. 

Check the Park's schedule for event times and locations, or call the Albright Visitor Center at (307) 344-2263.  For other activities for kids, visit the For Kids page on Yellowstone's website.

Yellowstone’s Junior Ranger program and the Wildlife Olympics are made possible in part by a generous grant from the Toyota USA Foundation to the Yellowstone Park Foundation. 

Source: Yellowstone National Park news release


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