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KENAI: Yet another beautiful Winter Family Fun Day in Alaska
Alaska Region, February 9, 2013
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Refuge volunteer Amber shows ways to identify trees by their branches in winter.
Refuge volunteer Amber shows ways to identify trees by their branches in winter. - Photo Credit: USFWS: Ben Schubert
Matching furs to their animal card while learning about guard hairs and undercoat fur.
Matching furs to their animal card while learning about guard hairs and undercoat fur. - Photo Credit: USFWS: Ben Schubert
Trying to make it across the room on two icebergs (newspaper pieces) to learn how polar bears and walruses live on ice floes.
Trying to make it across the room on two icebergs (newspaper pieces) to learn how polar bears and walruses live on ice floes. - Photo Credit: USFWS: Ben Schubert
Learning that true snowflakes always have six sides while making a snowflake rubbing.
Learning that true snowflakes always have six sides while making a snowflake rubbing. - Photo Credit: USFWS: Ben Schubert
After snowshoeing to the Lake, participants had a competition to see who could make the biggest snowball.
After snowshoeing to the Lake, participants had a competition to see who could make the biggest snowball. - Photo Credit: USFWS: Ben Schubert

Every second Saturday in February for the past 10 years, the Kenai Refuge has hosted Winter Family Fun Day. It is a chance for local residents to beat the winter blues, get out and enjoy their Refuge, and participate in activities and a snowshoe walk. Each year the Environmental Education Center is set up with a variety of activities, experiments, games, a craft, and snacks. This year themes circled around what plants do in winter, icebergs and glaciers, how snowflakes are formed, animal furs, and winter recreation opportunities in the Kenai Refuge. Over 50 people showed up to the center and an additional 38 people participated in guided snowshoe walks. The weather was perfect with blue skies and a temperature just right for making snowballs.


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



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