Come on out for Winter Fun Day on the Refuge

Photo courtesy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Specialist Michelle Ostrowski leads kids on a snowshoe outing during last year's Winter Fun Day at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Winter is a challenging, yet wonderful time to be outdoors — whether you go skiing, snowshoeing, bird watching, or ice fishing, the snowy landscape is an ever changing panorama. You can enjoy this season even more by coming out for the Refuge’s annual Winter Fun Day. This ever popular event takes place on Feb. 9, at the Refuge Environmental Education (EE) Center and Visitor Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. All events and refreshments are free.


10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Head to the Environmental Education Center for fun family activities. There will be a creative, take-home craft project for each child. Sign up for fun door prizes donated by Alaska Geographic. Complimentary hot cocoa and refreshments are provided. 

1:15-2:15 p.m.: First Timer Snowshoe Walk — Here’s your chance to experience winter snowshoeing. You must be 7 years or older to participate. This activity requires pre-registration and is limited. Call Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839 to register.

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.: Winter Explorer Program — Kids ages 4 - 12 years old can explore the Visitor Center doing a self-guided activity sheet to learn about wildlife in winter. Kids earn a cool prize, a Winter Explorer’s Button, to take home as a memento of Winter Fun Day.

11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Special Movie — “White Wolf, White Falcon” shares the story of two wild animal families, wolf and gyrfalcon, that live in the Arctic and adapt themselves to winter’s challenges.

You are always welcome to bring your snowshoes and skis and enjoy the Refuge’s winter trails on your own on any winter day. So, please get out and enjoy winter’s delights at our Kenai NWR!

Candace Ward has worked as a park ranger at the Refuge for 29 years and leads the Refuge’s Information and Education Program. For more information about Winter Fun Day, contact Kenai National Wildlife Refuge at 262-7021. You can find more information about the Refuge at or