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August 2, 2012
Family Friendly Events this Summer at Nestucca Bay
Come visit and explore Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Family friendly summer programs have started and will continue through September. All programs are free and open to the public; they will include history talks, plant walks, and other interesting wonders of the refuge. The current schedule follows:

Monday, August 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Berries and Beyond: Walk Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge with Lee Sliman; Refuge volunteer and self-described plant geek. Together with Lee you will walk refuge trails and identify many plants regularly eaten by Native Americans as well as pioneers and contemporary outdoor enthusiasts. Safety and protocol for tasting wild plants will be discussed. Don’t miss this opportunity both to advance your awareness of coastal vegetation and expand your knowledge of Native wild edibles! The program will start in the first, or lower, parking lot.

Thursday, August 23, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m., Wildlife Refuge Paddle Trip: Come out for a guided evening paddle along the Little Nestucca River. We will start at the Tillamook county boat launch on Meda Loop and will paddle west along the Nestucca Bay NWR turning around at the Cannery Hill Point on the Bay. Refuge volunteer Lee Sliman will join the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership for this guided paddle and will talk about the natural history and mission of the Refuge. This is a great opportunity to get a sea level view of eagles, ducks, herons, kingfishers and other wildlife that are often present on this water trail. Meet at the Meda Loop County Boat Ramp at 4:00 p.m. Participants must supply their own boats, paddles and Personal Flotation Devices.

Monday, August 27, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., The Making of a Meadow: The grasslands of Nestucca Bay NWR may look withered now but they are on the brink of restoration. Plant experts have begun work to restore the area to native grassland and prairie habitat. Many changes will occur over the next five years. Join refuge volunteer Lee Sliman on a walk as she showcases the first steps of this restoration and explains what you can expect to see in the future. The program will start at the second, or upper, parking lot.

Saturday, September 1, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Color Walk: An enjoyable outing for kids and adults at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Participants will make his/her own unique color chart from a large box of crayons. Then everyone will join Refuge Volunteer Lee Sliman for a colorful nature walk along the Pacific View Trail. During the walk everyone will try to spot a plant or animal that showcases the colors on their charts. A plant color BINGO of sorts! The program will start in the first, or lower, parking lot.

Sunday, September 9, 5:30 p.m. – dusk, Nature Journaling: Anyone can be a Naturalist! A Naturalist is simply a student of nature. Most of the well-known naturalists started out collecting bits and pieces of their wild experiences as well as documenting their observations through notes and sketches. Nature Journals have no set format. Dress comfortably and bring something to take notes on or with. We will share ideas about supplies and portability. Bring your cameras, binoculars and hand lens if you have them; a limited number of these items will be available for the group to share. Join Refuge Volunteer Lee Sliman on a meander around Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge as she marks a new phase in her life by beginning her own nature journal. The program will start in the first, or lower, parking lot.

Sunday, September 30, 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Art in the Refuge: Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge welcomes artists of all skill levels and media to come on out and work in the wild. A support shelter will be set up with water and miscellaneous support supplies for artists. Plant & wildlife ID books, art folios and both media and technique-oriented publications will also be on hand. Access to running water and a sink for media cleanup will be available. Artists may choose to join impromptu group reviews throughout the day. Bring your own art supplies and plan to be portable. All art will take place on trails and road edges. Check in at the lower parking lot at any time on the 30th.

Nestucca Bay NWR is located on the west side of Highway 101 approximately six miles south of Pacific City. To visit the refuge turn west off Highway 101 onto Christensen Road and proceed a half-mile to the first parking lot. The refuge has a volunteer living onsite to answer questions for visitors and to maintain the grounds.

To obtain the up-to-date event schedule for the refuge please visit our website events page at, as changes can occur. For more information about each event please contact Lee Sliman at 503-812-6392.

Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:37 PM in Category: Nestucca Bay NWR
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