Wildlife Jamboree at YWS: “It’s a sensible place to be!”

Eleanor Guerrero
CCN Senior Reporter
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
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Photo by Eleanor Guerrero
Above, left to right, Graison Ovitt with Chuck Schlosser enjoying the shade at YWS.

It was Wildlife Jamboree Day at the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, June 29. The kids were enjoying the lively atmosphere and the cool shade of trees. So were the animals. 

Apparently, bears and raccoons were the hit of the day as instructors gave exhibits and discussions as well as lots of games and snacks to keep kids interested. It was a hot day but the children did not seem to care as they ran from exhibit to exhibit. There was face painting (always popular), USFS coloring books on grizzlies, games to play and crafts to create. Graison Ovitt enjoyed the raccoons best as he displayed his recently painted facial adornment. 

Acacia Osier pronounced the whole day “Good!” She preferred the raccoons as well while Shailen Ovitt, in appropriate fairy wings, said her favorite animal was the fox. 

The bears kept everyone’s attention as BlueBeary was focused on opening a box full of treats. 

There was a new beer garden open where thirsty parents could grab a microbrew (a special blueberry-infused microbrew inspired by BlueBeary) and kids, a hotdog to eat in the shade. As one British visitor remarked upon observing a coyote keeping cool by lying under a tree, “It’s a sensible place to be!”