Refuge Notebook: Refuge hosts Winter Fun Day

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011

Winter is a challenging, yet wonderful time to be outdoors -- whether you go snowshoeing, bird watching, or ice fishing; the snowy landscape is an ever changing panorama.

Photo Courtesy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Courtesy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Enjoy Winter Fun Day at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge this Saturday. Activities take place at the Refuge Visitors Center and Environmental Education Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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 Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Refuge Visitor Center and Environmental Education (EE) Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. All events and hot cocoa and refreshments are free.

Visitor Center Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

Special Movie: Shown on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Arctic Oasis" tells the story of an Inuit boy, Logan, experiencing an extended winter hunting trip with his father, Noah. The trip teaches many powerful lessons about winter survival and helps Noah learn both traditional and modern skills for living off the land in winter.

Winter Explorer Program: Kids ages 4 to 12 years old can explore the Visitor Center doing self-guided activity sheets learning about wildlife in winter. Kids earn a cool prize, a Winter Explorers Button, to take home as a memento of Winter Fun Day.

Environmental Education Center activities take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Head to the Environmental Education Center for fun family activities. This year's theme is "Who is Hiding in the Forest" and will focus on understanding how animals use camouflage and other adaptations to survive winter's challenges. There will be a creative, take-home craft project for each child. Sign up for fun door prizes donated by Alaska Geographic. Hot cocoa and refreshments are provided free.

Snow conditions are the best yet this winter, so bring your snowshoes and skis along. Winter trails have been groomed and are in great shape for outdoor fun!

So, please get out and enjoy winter's delights at our Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Winter Fun Day!

Candace Ward has worked as a park ranger at the Refuge for 27 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. For more detailed information about the Refuge, you can check the Refuge website at or on Facebook at

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