Wildlife Refuge family fun in the autumn sun

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2006


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  Enjoying the many outdoor and indoor activities at the KNWR Fall Fun Day.

Finding and checking off Devil's Club during the Keen-Eye Tail Scavenger Hunt at the KNWR Fall Fun day.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR), paired up with Mother Nature last week for some great outdoor and indoor fun on one of the prettiest fall days of the year. “I was in charge of the weather, but the credit for everything else goes to the great staff we have here at the Refuge,” said KNWR deputy manager Jim Hall. It was all part of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Fall Fun Day that happens each year in conjunction with the broader National Wildlife Refuge Week according to Park Ranger Candice Ward. “We look forward to this event each year because it’s a great time for families to come out and enjoy the Refuge nature trails and learn about what we do here,” said Ward.


Enjoying the many outdoor and indoor activities at the KNWR Fall Fun Day.

The guided nature walks filled up fast and were enjoyed by more than a hundred visitors, “Fall is such a beautiful time of the year here and with the berries out people were eager to learn about what we can eat and what we can’t and what the animals of the Refuge rely on, and it was a great time to learn about the trees and the beautiful fall color of the trees that make your eyes so curious. The walks were simple but very informative and the scavenger hunt along the Keen-Eye Trail was very popular,” added Ward. The scavenger hunt continued throughout the day with anyone wishing to participate getting a hunt list complete with color photos of trees, bushes, and other flora and fauna that they could identify along the hike. The only rules for the hunt were to stay on the trail and leave what you find behind, “We went all the way to the lake and it was just beautiful,” said Kasilof resident Jenny Beyer who recently moved to the Peninsula from San Diego California, “We saw baby fish and fireweed and for finishing the scavenger hunt I got a whistle, a pencil and some stickers,” said 7-year-old Bryanna Beyer who completed the hunt with her 6-year-old brother Juston.

There were also a bevy of activities at the beautiful KNWR Environmental Education Center and hot cider and cocoa for all who came by the Andrew Berg cabin to hear tales of Berg’s legendary exploits.

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