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Refuge Notebook: Fall outdoor fun at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Posted: September 5, 2013 - 2:29pm
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge photo Come out and enjoy fall fun with staff led outdoor programs at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge photo Come out and enjoy fall fun with staff led outdoor programs at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Join us for a variety of fun, fall activities at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. These programs take place on Saturdays in September and October, are all free of charge, and a great way to enjoy fall colors and get outdoors before the snow flies!

September 7: Grandparent’s Day, 1–3 p.m. — Celebrate this special day for grandparents and their grandkids on the Keen-Eye trail taking photos together (cameras will be provided). Complete a scrapbooking page/art project using your photos and add a poem to create a special keepsake of your day together. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Education Specialist Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839 to pre-register or for more information.  

September 21: Fall Leaf Walk, 1-2 p.m. — Explore the Keen Eye Nature Trail in all its fall glory with Ranger Candace Ward. The walk is ½ mile round trip and no registration is required.

October 5: Digital Camera Photo Safari, 1–2:30 p.m. — Join Ranger Leah Eskelin photographing fall’s wonders – berries, mushrooms, and colorful leaves. Digital cameras are provided and participants can take home a sheet of their own prints. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Ranger Leah Eskelin at 260-2811 to pre-register or for more information. 

October 12: The Big Sit, 1-2:30 p.m. — Join Refuge biologists and rangers at Lower Skilak Campground in the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area for bird watching, kid’s activities, games and more! No registration is required. Dress for the weather. For more information, contact Education Specialist Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839.

October 26: Spooky Seasons, 3-7:30 p.m. — Learn the real stories about animals that have a spooky reputation from insects to owls. From 6:30-7:30 p.m., there will be an illuminated walk on the Keen Eye Nature Trail with activity learning stations. For more information, contact Education Specialist Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839. (No costumes and candy, please.)

Take time to get outdoors this fall to appreciate fall colors and the beautiful, natural wonders of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Candace Ward works at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge as a park ranger specializing in visitor service and education. Her favorite fall mushroom field guide is “All the Rain Promises” by David Arora. For more on Refuge education programs, contact us at 262-7021 or see http://www.fws.gov/refuge/kenai/ or http://www.facebook.com/kenainationalwildliferefuge.

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