Open Spaces: Let's Go Outside! Featured Refuge Events for the Week of December 12th

Let's Go Outside! Featured Refuge Events for the Week of December 12th

Is holiday shopping, cooking, and preparing making you say "Bah-Humbug" more than "Happy Holidays!"?  Take a break from all the running around and head outside to get a breath of fresh air. Even though the temperature is dropping there are still things to do and see.

Here are some of the events happening at refuges across the country this week, some in the spirit of the season.  Check out this link for more events happening in December on our refuges.

As always, make sure you head over to the Refuge System's homepage and use their searchable map to find events at a Wildlife Refuge near you.

Let's go outside!

SnowshoeingGuests snowshoe at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge in the Mountain-Praire Region, Photo: Jennifer Jewett

Colorado—Sat 12/17, 1:30-3:30pm. Eagles in Your Backyard. Learn about eagles that winter at Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge.

Florida— Reserve now. Guided canoe trip Sat 12/31@8-10:15 am, Loxahatchee Refuge 561-734-8303. Rental: $25

Florida—Swamp Stroll, Loxahatchee Refuge, Sundays 1:30-3pm except Dec 25. Meet at the pavilion behind the visitor center.

Florida—Butterfly Garden Tour, Wednesdays 9-11am, Loxahatchee Refuge. Meet outside visitor center

Florida—Early Bird Walks, Loxahatchee Refuge. Wednesdays & Saturdays 7:30-10am. Meet at Marsh Trail parking lot

Florida—Guided canoe trip Saturday 12/17@8-10:15 am, Loxahatchee Refuge 561-734-8303. Rental: $25

Illinois—Christmas Bird Count, Cypress Creek Refuge, Monday Dec 19 from 6am-dusk

Maryland—Too much hohoho? Find calm at Patuxent Refuge. Hike trails. See visitor center exhibits 9-4:30 

Maryland—Join a Bird Count, Eastern Neck Refuge, Sunday Dec 18 all day. Sign up: 410-778-9568

Massachusetts—Bunker Tour, Assabet River Refuge. Saturday 12/17@11am. Tour WWII ammo storage bunker. Register: 508-485-4170. Snow cancels

Massachusetts—Story hour, Assabet River Refuge Sunday 12/18 at 11am  “Ookpik” by Bruce Hiscock: A snowy owl flies south to survive. Ages 7 & up

Michigan—Free cross country ski tour, Sat Dec 17 from 10am-noon, Shiawassee Refuge. Meet at the Woodland Trail parking lot, Stroebel Rd. If no snow, will hike

Minnesota—Christmas Bird Count, Saturday Dec 17 from 8am-3pm, Sherburne Refuge

Ohio—Self-Guided Auto Tour, Ottawa Refuge, Sat Dec 17@9-4. See wildlife along 7 mi normally closed

Oklahoma—Christmas Bird Count, Salt Plains Refuge, Fri Dec 30@7am-noon

Oregon—Imperfect Douglas firs for pickup thru 12/24 while supplies last. Finley Refuge Info: 541-757-7236

South Carolina—Thursday Dec 22, 6:30am to dusk, Christmas Bird Count, Santee Refuge Visitor Center, Sign up: 843-708-1605

Texas—Christmas Bird Count, Trinity River Refuge, Tuesday Dec 27 from 7am-5pm

Wyoming—Sat Dec 17 from 10-4. Jackson Hole Visitor Center. Discover December at National Elk Refuge. Elk tracking demos, films, crafts

Wyoming—Free wildlife viewing tour, National Elk Refuge, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays Starts today. Reserve: 307-734-9378

Wyoming— Take a horse-drawn sleigh at National Elk Refuge. Daily 10-4. $18 adults, $14 ages 5-12. Under 5 free. 307-733-0277.

Wyoming—Friday 12/16 at 12:30pm Talk: Lead poisoning research on eagles & ravens Jackson Hole Visitor Center

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Last updated: June 21, 2012