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Columbia, Missouri Families Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Midwest Region, June 16, 2010
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An outdoorsy father helps introduce wildlife to his children using Big Muddy's animal pelts on display. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
An outdoorsy father helps introduce wildlife to his children using Big Muddy's animal pelts on display. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
Two young girls show off a raccoon pelt for the camera at Columbia's Family Fun Fest. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Two young girls show off a raccoon pelt for the camera at Columbia's Family Fun Fest. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

Young and old alike gathered at Flat Branch Park in downtown Columbia, Mo. on Wednesday, June 16 to attend the free Family Fun Fest held every third Wednesday of the month throughout the summer. The theme of this month’s Fest was the great outdoors.

Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge along with several other environmental organizations including the Missouri Department of Conservation and Columbia Fishery Resources Office gathered at the Fest to help educate the public about natural resources and the mission of their organizations.

Big Muddy’s booth included an informative display and handouts promoting the Refuge and the National Wildlife Refuge System as well as several animal pelts that were a big hit with the crowd. Other attractions at the Fest in addition to environmental organizations were a jump house, face painting, balloon animals and the Fishin’ Magician, a husband and wife duo that performed magic tricks with an outdoorsy theme for onlookers.

Also at the event was Columbia’s KOMU news station that premiered a story about the event on their nightly news show. To watch the video please see http://www.komu.com/satellite/SatelliteRender/KOMU.com/ba8a4513-c0a8-2f11-0063-9bd94c70b769/43e00cf6-80ce-0971-016a-6ce6662dc0f3

Amanda Noel

Biological Science Aid

Big Muddy NFWR


Contact Info: Tim Haller, 573-441-2799, tim_haller@fws.gov



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