October 12, 13, and 14 2017 National Wildlife Refuge Week Activities

Washington D.C. The Interior.  Our national parks and wildlife are valuable resources intended to be enjoyed. We hope Americans take more advantage of our National park events calendars and the many things there are to do and pass the time. National Wildlife Refuge Week is a great time to connect with your local refuge. Here’s a sampling of activities across the country.  Enjoy what is yours!  – The Interior

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October 12, 13, and 14

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Sunset Walks Every Night
5:30 p.m. to dark
Join the Friends of Great Swamp nightly to watch the many species of migrating ducks that descend into the refuge pools to spend the night. October 12 is a special photographers’ walk when you can set up your cameras early. Reservations are required for October 12: 973-425-9510. Meet each evening at Bluebird Parking Lot, 197 Pleasant Plains Road in Harding Township. Easy walk on service roads.

October 12, 13, and 14

Becoming an Outdoors Family Programs  2017 CONWR Condensed Calendar

Crab Orchard, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Marion, IL
Join one or more of several free classes and activities. Experienced birders are always present. On October 14, an Outdoor Spanish Immersion Class will help you learn a new language, which you can practice on a short hike with a bilingual ranger.

October 14

Log Cabin Day FestivalCalendar of Events- Muscatatuck NWR- 2017

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, southern Indiana
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Enjoy a festival at Myers Cabin, sponsored by Muscatatuck Wildlife Society, featuring old-time crafts, music, wildlife exhibits and children’s activities. From October 8-14, a normally “closed” area of the refuge will be open for bird viewing.

Arts and Crafts Nature Festival, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
2 Marshlands Rd, Fremont, CA
Come and enjoy a Fun-filled day with us and participate in a wide a range of activities that include: origami activities; nature quilt or participate in the create a fish print tote bag workshop.  See Family bird walk;

Junior Ranger with Nature Play, and Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Environmental Education Center
1751 Grand Blvd.
Alviso, CA
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Become a Junior Ranger to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week. Participate in hands-on activities to earn your badge. Best for kids 8-11. Nature walk is part of the program. Reservations required: https://jrrefugerangeralviso.eventbrite.com or call 408-262-5513 ext.104

Family Day:  Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, MO : 

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Family day is always a day of variety with guided hikes in the Loess Hills. Here you can watch waterfowl through spotting scopes, learn about reptiles and amphibians, and learn the tools that wildlife biologists use.

National Wildlife Refuge Round Up, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, TX
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Enjoy the beauty of the refuge and family fun such as archery, fishing, BB guns, hiking, live animals, nature photography and art activities. Just 45 minutes northwest of Austin.

20th Annual Wild Things, Southeast Louisiana Refuge Complex, Lacombe, LA
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

20th Annual Wild Things – Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex Big Branch Marsh

110-Bayou Lacombe Center Southeast Louisiana Refuge Complex  https://www.fws.gov/southeastlouisiana/

Free admission, parking and activities, Wild Things is a fun day for the whole family to connect with the wild resources of the refuge. You can enjoy Bayou boat tours, live animal exhibits, live music, kids face painting – all free.

Philly Fall Nature Fest, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It’s the biggest event of the year, filled with free fun for the whole family. Fishing, guided nature walks, kayak tours on Darby Creek, archery, live animals, music and trolley shuttle tours. Food available.

The Big Sit! Birding Festival, Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, Liberty, TX
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Champion Lake
The refuge will host The Big Sit! The rules couldn’t be easier for this national event: Join a 17-foot circle and identify all the birds you can see or hear. Champion Lake is located at the end of CR 417, two miles east of FM 1409 or about 10 miles south of Dayton.

Facebook Photo Contest Awards, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Hardeeville, SC
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
694 Beech Hill Lane
Free light refreshments and a chance to see the winning photos of the 2017 contest. Join photographer Robert Rommel at 3:15 p.m. for his discussion about the key elements that give impact to nature photographs.

Second Saturday Stewardship, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, IA
9 a.m. to noon
Give back to your community. Volunteers will be collecting seeds to help restore prairie habitat at the Refuge. Free lunch will be provided by the Friends of Neal Smith NWR. Pre-registration is required: 515-994- 3400.

Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge Cleanup, Seal Beach, CA
8 a.m.-noon
Help wildlife by removing trash on a rarely-visited area of the refuge along the Pacific Coast Highway. RSVP: 562-598-1024

Refuge Day, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, FL
9:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m.
Free boat Tours around Kings Bay. Contact Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, (352)-382-0102,

October 15-21

Ding” Darling Days, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel, FL
A week of eco-activities with free tram tours, live wildlife presentations, hot dogs, kids’ crafts and other family activities. Birding, boating, paddle-boarding and kayaking fill the week. The 29th annual celebration ends with Conservation Art Day on October 21, where Federal Duck Stamp winners, other artists, cartooning and a photography tram tour will highlight a day devoted to Jay Norwood (Ding) Darling’s legacy as the first Duck Stamp artist and a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist.

October 19

Annual Bison Auction is being rethought and reworked. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge,

October 21

Wildlife Festival, Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, MD
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Take in a free festival for Refuge Week. Enjoy live animals, children’s crafts, tram tours, scientific demonstrations, and behind-the-scenes research tours to see where endangered whooping cranes and sea ducks are raised and studied.

Wildlife Celebration, Red River National Wildlife Refuge , northwestern LA
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy a day full of free, wildlife-themed activities and events in honor of Refuge Week. Highlights include canoeing, archery, an animal skull-ID maze and a story trail.

Find more special events on national wildlife refuges across the country. Find a national wildlife refuge in your state.

National Wildlife Refuge System – US Fish and Wildlife Service
https://www.fws.gov/refuges/

‎NWRS – Refuge Locator Map · ‎Wildlife Refuge Habitat … · ‎Refuge List by State · ‎Kids
NWRS – Refuge Locator Map – US Fish and Wildlife Service
https://www.fws.gov/refuges/refugelocatormaps/

America’s National Wildlife Refuge System. … Click on a state to view a map displaying many of the refuges and wetland management districts in that state – The The Interior  helping to promote and protect the values and resources of the United States States of America …enjoy what is yours!

 

 

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