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KENAI: Spooky Family Fun Day
Alaska Region, October 27, 2012
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Ranger Michelle assists with an insect crayon rubbing at a learning station during the Spooky Family Fun Day.
Ranger Michelle assists with an insect crayon rubbing at a learning station during the Spooky Family Fun Day. - Photo Credit: Kenai NWR staff
Visitors enjoy
Visitors enjoy "spooky" theme related snacks: edible owl pellets, spiderweb cookies, and bug juice. - Photo Credit: Kenai NWR staff
On the spooky trail portion, Biologist Todd Eskelin teaches about owls and their behaviors.
On the spooky trail portion, Biologist Todd Eskelin teaches about owls and their behaviors. - Photo Credit: Kenai NWR staff

The Kenai Refuge hosted their first Spooky Family Fun Day to celebrate critters that many people fear. The goal was to expose participants to the various fascinating aspects of creatures such as bats, spiders, insects, owls, snakes (which we don't have in the wild in Alaska), and wolves. The Education Center was set up as a Discovery Room with lots of hands on activities, animal dress-ups, and information on these topics. A "creepy animal" handprint craft and theme related snacks added to the event. In addition, a spooky outdoor trail was set up for sunset. Lit by carved pumpkins, bag luminaries, and an almost full moon, groups walked to four different stations along the trail. To the recorded calls of an eerie Northern Saw-whet and Boreal Owl, Biologist Todd Eskelin taught about owls. Volunteer Laura Woodward shared her bat expertise and Ranger Kendra Bush-St.Louis taught about various wolf postures. Participants pretended to fly like silent owls, bats (who fly much like a swimmer pulls in the water) and practiced howling at the moon. Laughter and sounds could be heard all the way back to the center. The walk went out to a view of the quiet and frozen lake where volunteer Kathy East shared her telescope so people could look at the moon, stars, and night sky. With almost 100 participants and 42 on the trail walk this event will most likely end up a yearly one.


Contact Info: Michelle Ostrowski, 907-260-2839, michelle_ostrowski@fws.gov



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