We are pleased to congratulate our $500 annual scholarship winner Rachel Odolski of Cardinal Stritch University. Each year the White Buffalo Club host an essay writing scholarship competition and ask college students from across the U.S. and Canada to choose one of two topics provided and craft a detailed essay addressing the chosen topic. This year, contestants choose between writing about five popular travel experiences guests can experience while visiting our area, or to write a detailed marketing proposal that a travel company might use to entice vacationers to visit our destination. Although we had loads of fantastic entries, we had to choose just one. We invite you to read their submission below. We would like to thank all those who applied. Be sure to enter next year’s competition which will launch on August 25th, 2015.

2014 Winning Essay – Jackson Hole

Is the heat too much for you this summer? Want to find somewhere to cool off and relax? I would tell you to visit somewhere up north by the mountains and nature, somewhere called Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole is a peaceful town and much visited attraction located in the center of Wyoming. But do not like the peaceful nature of the town deceive you, there are always things to do and see in Jackson Hole. In fact I will mention only five attractions in this essay when I could go on to list many more.

To begin the town of Jackson Hole is home the Wildlife Art Museum. Founded in 1984 due to its perfect mountainous and wildlife setting, the museum has been attracting tourist to come see the beautiful displays of wildlife art. Due to popularity of the attraction, it had to expand into its current home. The museum art holds a history of everything from Native American to modern art displays. The museum also holds many different mediums as well from sculptures to documents and everything in between. The museum hosts many events like storytelling and yoga classes to get the visitors more involved with their visit. The museum has been a great attraction since 1984, and will be for years to come, so go visit!

Not into the museum atmosphere? That’s ok; Jackson Hole has many more attractions to keep you occupied. In fact, Bridger-Teton National Park is a great place to go if you are in the mood for an adventure! With 1.2 million acres to discover there is plenty to do in this park. There are campsites that families can reserve for their stay. People are also welcome to go fishing and hunting all over the park with the proper permits and permissions. Bridger-Teton National Park has many trails and paths available for visitors to go hiking and sightseeing. Horseback riding is another family friendly opportunity to go sightseeing without having to walk the whole tour. And after a long day of walking there are areas where you can go for a quick swim or take a boat out in the water. This attraction isn’t limited to the summer time activities, there are plenty of things to do in the winter. From skiing to snow shoeing or even snowmobiling, the park is a great place to enjoy the snow covered mountains. The Bridger-Teton National Park is a great place to have some fun in the sun or snow.

After a long day hiking, another great place to relax and go see is The Center for the Arts. Built in 2007 and holds a large 525 person theater where people can go see musical performances, shows, or even dance performances. But that is not all the attraction holds, they hold classes that tourists can attend and even have space available to rent out for family gatherings or business measures. For the family on a budget the non-profit organization also holds many free events as well. This includes everything from activities to hands on science safe enough for the younger crowd. If you’re looking for a family attraction, The Center of the Arts should be on the list of things to do in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Jackson Hole is home to many animals on its land, unlike a zoo; these animals can live in nature and are still protected. Elk National Refuge is another great stop to make in Jackson Hole. With nearly one million visitors every year, tourist can see a variety of wild life roam the open land Wyoming has to offer. Animals within the park include elk, bison, big horn sheep, moose, and deer. Many other smaller animals roam the refuge like swans, ducks, and eagles. Many tours run through the refuge and always keeping a safe distance from the natural zoo in order to keep the animals safe.

Wanted to take a trip to Wyoming for another reason? Is it Yellowstone National Park? No problem, the town of Jackson Hole is not too far from Yellowstone, and many tour companies are base in Jackson Hole for that specific trip, in fact you can spot a few along Jackson Hole’s historic town square shopping center. The shopping center holds many shops the sell everything you need. From ice cream to souvenirs or tour guides, whatever you need to pick up or take home you can find it in the historic town square.

Jackson Hole is a great place to visit alone or with the family all year round. With the vast amount of attractions and activities there is plenty to do in one vacation and will need many more in order to do even a fraction what Jackson Hole has to offer. If someone wanted to make a trip to Wyoming, I know Jackson Hole would be a great location for anyone and everyone.