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Get some nature into your kids at the Refuge

Posted: June 8, 2012 - 9:58am
Join Ranger Michelle for Wildflower Fun Day on June 15 at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge   Kenai National Wildlife Refuge photo
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Join Ranger Michelle for Wildflower Fun Day on June 15 at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Join in the fun next Friday, June 15, for Wildflower Fun Day, a "once-a-year only" free special event, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center (located one mile from Soldotna off Ski Hill Road). Enjoy wildflower displays,crafts, activities, door prizes, and wildflower inspired snacks. Join Refuge staff on the Keen Eye Nature Trail to learn about colorful wildflowers from pink wild roses to purple lupine. Please pre-register for these walks with Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839.

New Family Explorer Program -- Join us on the Keen Eye Nature Trail (by the Refuge Visitor Center) for an easy 1/4-mile walk exploring the natural world from 1-2 p.m. These walks are free, open to all ages and no pre-registration is required. All explorers get a free explorer pin or magnet at their first program and if your family attends four explorer programs, you receive a prize courtesy of Alaska Geographic.

June 23 -- Wild About Wildflowers

July 3 -- Digital Photo Safari No. 1

July 10 -- Using Your Senses

July 14 -- Changing Landscapes No. 1

July 17 -- Trees & Plants of the Kenai

July 24 -- Changing Landscapes No. 2

July 31 -- Bug Hunt in the Boreal Forest

August 11 -- Digital Photo Safari No. 2

Self-Guided Activities for Kids & Families -- Try out our popular Junior Explorer and Trail Explorer Programs for kids at the Visitor Center.  These self-guided programs allow families to enjoy nature on their own schedule and kids receive small prizes for completing activities.

Junior Ranger -- For kids camping overnight at Hidden Lake Campground this summer, check out the Junior Ranger Program for kids run by our campground hosts, George and Wanda Davis.

Kids complete an activity booklet and receive a colorful embroidered Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Junior Ranger patch after completing their booklet.

Hidden Lake Campground is also a great family destination for special Ranger Talks on bear safety held on two Saturday evenings -- July 28 and August 18 at 8 p.m. Take out a picnic supper to eat by the lake and make it a special night by attending these "Be Bear Aware!" Programs.

Have fun this summer getting some nature into your kids and enjoy the natural wonders of our beautiful Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Candace Ward works at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge as a park ranger specializing in visitor service and education. For more on Refuge education programs, call 262-7021 or check out the refuge online at http://kenai.fws.gov or http://www.facebook.com/kenainationalwildliferefuge.

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