Northwest Trek Wildlife Park News Release

August 25, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LABOR DAY WEEKEND MUST-DO: NORTHWEST TREK’S “GET OUT OF THE RUT” ACTIVITIES BRING ANTLER-CLASHING, ELK-BUGLING END-OF SUMMER FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Everyone can play in the “Elk-lympics” and create their own medals to wear for the day

EATONVILLE, Wash. – Nature’s calling. And before backpacks are loaded with supplies, before lunches are made, before school bells ring, there’s a glorious end-of-summer celebration at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Get Out of the Rut is a Labor Day Weekend celebration of elk, bison, deer and bighorn sheep and the rutting, or mating, season.

Visitors can learn why elk bugle, what the clashing of antlers means and what it takes for a bull to become king of the herd.

Plus, there’s the all-new “Elk-lympics,” which are Olympics-themed games in which visitors get to make their own medals to wear for the day. They include these games based on the behaviors of elk during the rutting season:

  • Thrashing: Use antlers to pick up as much vegetation as you can.
  • Parallel March: Follow a line on the ground as far as you can without stepping off.
  • Sounds of the Rut: Listen to a sound box and try to identify each animal noise.
  • Physical competition: Do as many pushups or jumping jacks as you can to prove you have the stamina to survive the rut.

What does a bugling elk sound like? Here’s the link to a clip: http://www.nwtrek.org/elk-bugling-tour/

Once visitors complete the games, they can take their game sheet to a judges’ table to learn what medal they’ve won.

And, of course, everyone can put their knowledge to use on Northwest Trek’s guided tour of the wildlife park’s 435-acre Free-Roaming Area, watching for the signs and sounds of the rut.

Northwest Trek’s trams carry visitors through meadows and forests, past herds of Roosevelt elk, American bison, bighorn sheep, deer and other animals.

The wildlife park is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day during Get Out of the Rut. Activities run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. All activities are free with admission.