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National Wildlife Refuge Week

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Since Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge in 1903, the Refuge System has become the world’s premier public lands conservation network, encompassing more than 550 refuges and 38 wetland management districts. Across the nation, this conservation success is typically celebrated every year during the second week of October!  Join the fun at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge!

Nature hikes, demonstrations, workshops and many other fun events are offered.  

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Balcones Canyonlands NWR

National Wildlife Refuge Week

October 11 – 17, 2015

 

October 11, 7am – 10am

7am butterfly/milkweed lookout hike (tagging/releasing)

8am Plight of the Monarchs!

9am Landscaping for pollinators

10am butterfly/milkweed lookout hike (tagging/releasing)

 

October 12, 13, 14 open to schools or homeshools only, 830am-1230pm students participate in 8 monarch activity stations 

Monarchs:

Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly (activity is to match the part shown on the card to either the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis or butterfly.

Seed Balls (discuss seed dispersal, native milkweed, ID milkweed)

Warning, Warning! Coloration activity (activity is to create and draw a ‘fantasy’ animal with warning coloration, then students name their fantasy animal and explain its defense)

Butterfly Habitat (students in teams contribute a part of a healthy butterfly habitat to a mural canvas)

How Many Eggs Can a Single Monarch Butterfly lay? (activity is to use a daily egg laying calendar to graph, where, when and how many eggs are laid during life time of generations of butterflies)

Great Migration Activity (activity is to play the game by following direction cards to learn the different hazards of migration)

Be a citizen scientist (activity is to learn why monarchs are tagged, how to tag them, and then record the data onto a log sheet).

Habitat restoration (adapted o deer activity for monarchs)

 

October 15  (8am-10am)

8am butterfly hunt, tagging & release 

9am Pollinator Plant Walk/landscaping for pollinators

930am Plight of the Monarch!

10am Drawing in Nature (for teens, young adults, and adults) Click here for more information about supplies to bring to this one-hour workshop.

 

October 16 (8am-10am)

815am Drawing Wildlife 101 (Jo Ellen Cashion, HLMN) (for ages 7 - 12)

9am Pollinator Plant Walk/landscaping for pollinators

930am Plight of the Monarch!

10am Drawing in Nature (for teens, young adults, and adults) Click here for more information about supplies to bring to this one-hour workshop.

 

October 17, 8am – 1pm - Bee Helpful to Pollinators Family Fun Day 

8am butterfly hunt, tagging & release 

9am Pollinator Plant Walk/landscaping for pollinators

9am Plight of the Monarch!

10am Drawing in Nature (for teens, young adults, and adults) Click here for more information about supplies to bring to this one-hour workshop.

 

FUN ACTIVITY STATIONS - 8am – 1pm (simultaneous as adult classes above) 

 

* Monarchs:

Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly (activity is to match the part shown on the card to either the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis or butterfly.

Seed Balls (discuss seed dispersal, native milkweed, ID milkweed)

Warning, Warning! Coloration activity (activity is to create and draw a ‘fantasy’ animal with warning coloration, then students name their fantasy animal and explain its defense)

Butterfly Habitat (students in teams contribute a part of a healthy butterfly habitat to a mural canvas)

How Many Eggs Can a Single Monarch Butterfly lay? (activity is to use a daily egg laying calendar to graph, where, when and how many eggs are laid during life time of generations of butterflies)

Great Migration Activity (activity is to play the game by following direction cards to learn the different hazards of migration)

Be a citizen scientist (activity is to learn why monarchs are tagged, how to tag them, and then record the data onto a log sheet).

Habitat restoration (adapted o deer activity for monarchs)

 

*Pollinators:

STATION

Butterfly vs Moth

Solitary Bees

Wasps & Flies

Honey & Bumble Bees

Bats – Hanging Out with Bats

Hummingbirds

Beetles & Ants

Monarchs & Milkweed

  Subject to change.  Please contact the Refuge Headquarters' Environmental Education Specialist Cindy Fronk or call (512) 339-9432 x 70 for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun, learning, hands on activities for all ages.

Last Updated: Aug 20, 2015
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