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August Outdoor Fun at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Posted: August 15, 2013 - 4:25pm
Come out and enjoy end-of-summer fun with staff led outdoor programs at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (photo credit: KENWR).
Come out and enjoy end-of-summer fun with staff led outdoor programs at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (photo credit: KENWR).

Join us at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for August Outdoor Fun. All activities are free of charge and a great way to enjoy the end of summer.

Tuesdays - Aug. 20 and 27: Nature Walks - Explore the Keen Eye Nature Trail (by the Refuge Visitor Center) for an easy ¼ walk and find out what’s happening in the natural world from wild berries to wildlife. Programs start at 2 p.m. and last for one hour.

Wednesdays - Aug. 21 and 28: Family Explorer Program - Enjoy a program specially designed for families to learn about nature with fun, hands-on activities. These programs take place on the Keen Eye Nature Trail (by the Refuge Visitor Center) at 2 p.m. and last one hour.

Aug. 24: Wild Berry Fun Day, a “once-a-year only” special event taking place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (located one mile from Soldotna off Ski Hill Road). Enjoy wild berry displays, crafts, activities, free door prizes and tasty berry snacks. All activities are free of charge and a great way to enjoy the end of summer.

Special guided berry identification walks led by our staff will help you learn which berries are edible and which are poisonous. On the walks we will be identifying rather than picking berries. Walks are easy, 1/4 mile in length. To insure you have a spot on the walk, pre-registration is necessary. To pre-register or for more information, contact Michelle Ostrowski at 907-260-2839.

Also, if you would like to go out on your own for a walk on Wild Berry Day, we provide a self-guided berry identification guide for you.

Take time not only to taste wild berries this August, but get outdoors often to appreciate the natural wonders of our beautiful Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Remember there’s always something special to discover.

Candace Ward works at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge as a park ranger specializing in visitor service and education. Her favorite wild berry guide book is Alaska’s Wild Berries & Berry-Like Fruit by Verna Pratt. For more on Refuge education programs, contact us at 907-262-7021 or check out our website at http://kenai.fws.gov or http://www.facebook.com/kenainationalwildliferefuge.

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