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June 2013 Events

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Two students from Pepper Middle School in Philadelphia enjoy a fishing lesson from Todd Pride, left, of Mid-Atlantic Youth Anglers at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. Learn-to-fish events abound on refuges in June.
Credit: Debbie Beer

Woodpeckers – Beautiful Carpenters
Saturday, June 1, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM
Take a refuge bird tour. After lunch, enjoy a classroom program about woodpecker behavior and biology.

 

Summer Hike ‘n’ Bird
Saturday, June 1, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Enjoy a casual guided birding hike through woodland, wetland and prairie. Birders of all levels are welcome. Recommended for adults.

 

8th Annual Family Fish Day
Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, MA
Go fishing in Barton Cove. Learn how to tie flies and cast fly fishing rods. No equipment of your own is required. Enter a free raffle for fishing gear and fishing trips. Enjoy face painting and fish printing at the Great Falls Discovery Center, hosted by the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center.

 

Annual Youth Fishing Tournament
Saturday, June 1, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE
Enjoy a fishing derby for kids age 15 and younger in honor of National Fishing and Boating Week. The derby on the upper Broadkill River is hosted by the Lower Sussex Bassmasters and the refuge. Bring your fishing poles: all other equipment is free. Youngsters must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

Family Fishing Day
Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m.to 11 a.m. — Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Enjoy the one day in Texas when anyone can fish or crab without a license on public waters. Fishing poles and bait will be provided for those who need them. Experienced fishermen can help children bait hooks and learn to cast. All ages are invited. Bring a lawn chair, as seating is limited.

 

Youth Fishing Day
Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD
Enjoy a free fishing event for ages 15 and under. Fishing poles and bait will be provided as needed. All registered youngsters receive a free t-shirt and lunch.

 

Family Fishing Day
Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. to noon — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, PA
Learn about fishing in the group fishing area. Rods and bait are available. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help. Those over 16 years old will need a state fishing license.

 

Take a Kid Fishing
Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Mascatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, IN
Enjoy fishing and casting contests for youngsters, fish-related craft and learning activities, and fishing lessons with all equipment provided.

 

2nd Annual Tri-Hamlet Community Celebration Day
Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, NY
As a participating site, the refuge will host family-friendly activities, including canoeing and archery, lectures and guided hikes. Buses will transport participants from event site to site. 

 

Clean the Bay Day
Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. — Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA
Join a beach cleanup in the morning, followed by surf and freshwater fishing clinics led by local partners. Register: 757-301-7329.

 

Trip to Ghost Town of Drawbridge
Saturday, June 1, 2 to 4:30 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Take a short van trip to see the ghost town of Drawbridge across Coyote Creek in the south San Francisco Bay. The program will start with a slideshow. Adults only. Space is limited. Reservations: Debra at 408-262-5513 ext. 102.

 

BioBlitz and Festival 2013
Friday, June 7, all day, and Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, ID
On Friday, join local scientists, naturalists, families and friends in a 24-hour rapid survey of biological diversity; comb the refuge to find and identify as many different species of plants and animals as possible. On Saturday, enjoy the refuge’s annual BioBlitz Festival. This free family event includes guided boat trips to net fish on Lake Lowell, hummingbird banding demonstrations, guided nature walks and insect collecting.

 

Family Fun Day
Friday, June 7, 9 a.m. — Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Enjoy activities for kids, including fishing, games, crafts and nature walks.

 

Kids’ Fishing Day
Saturday, June 8, 8:30 a.m. to noon — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Enjoy fishing demonstrations and instructions for ages 15 and under. Catch and release fishing only. Pre-registration required: 301-497-5763.

 

Youth Fishing Event
Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, MD
Join this free fishing event for ages 15 and under. Fishing poles and bait provided as needed.

 

Kids’ Fishing Day
Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, VA
A free clinic will teach kids, ages 4 to 15, about fish identification, knot tying, casting and water safety. Kids can try out their new skills at the Kids All-American Fishing Derby at Wilna Pond from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register: 804-333-1470. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

Annual Kids Fishing Derby
Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. to noon — Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge, ME
The event, sponsored by the Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge, is open to all children. A maximum of three brook trout are allowed per child.

 

Birds for Beginners
Saturday, June 8, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Discover the tips and tricks to birding. Learn how to use binoculars, guidebooks and other identification tools in an auditorium presentation. Then go into the field with a naturalist to put your new skills to the test. Recommended for beginners and families.

 

The Cataclysmic Missoula Floods
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 p.m. — Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Scott Burns, past chair of the Department of Geology at Portland State University, will give a presentation on the cataclysmic Missoula Floods that swept the region at the end of the last Ice Age.

 

Kids Fishing Derby
Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m. to noon — Cobscook Bay State Park, ME
This free event, hosted by Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, is open to all children. Brook trout are stocked in advance.

 

Pollinator Week
Saturday, June 15 — San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Come out to the old steel bridge trailhead and celebrate Pollinator Week with refuge staff.

 

Let’s Go Outside
Saturday, June 15, all day — Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Enjoy youth fishing, archery, kayaking and other outdoor youth and family activities.

 

Life at the Bottom of the Food Chain
Sunday, June 16, 10 a.m. to noon — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Wetlands microbes are often called “the lungs of the earth.” Explore the dynamics of microbial communities in LaRiviere Marsh ponds. After a brief presentation, hike to view the most ancient creatures on earth. See how they produce the oxygen we breathe and take up the carbon dioxide we produce. Reservations: 510-792-0222 ext. 363.

 

“Take Me Fishing”
Sunday, June 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
To celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week, enjoy a family fishing event on ponds that are normally closed to the public. Loaner poles are available. Contact:  Fran Stephenson 973-702-7266 ext. 10.

 

Full Moon Guided Canoe Trips
Saturday, June 22, 7 to 9 p.m. — Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Enjoy a guided moonlight canoe tour through part of the refuge. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and bring a flashlight and bug spray. Canoe rental from Loxahatchee Canoeing is $32; you may not bring your own. One canoe seats two to three people. Reservations: 561-733-0192.

 

Archery Classes
Tuesday, June 25, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Refuge staff will lead archery classes for children in grades 4 through 8. This training follows the National Archery in the Schools Program and will provide 24 hours of instruction and practice followed by a tournament. Registration is required. Contact Fran Stephenson, 938-702-7266 ext. 10.

 

Nature Tots: Devoted Dads
Thursday, June 27, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Introduce your preschooler to some of nature’s most devoted dads that help protect and care for their babies. Registration required: 301-497-5887.

 

Discovery Hour
Friday, June 28, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, MA
Children ages 3 to 6 and their parents are invited to join refuge staff in learning about local wildlife and the places they live. Be ready to be crafty and have fun.

 

Water and Water Activities
Friday, June 28, 9 a.m. to noon — Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, FL
The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation is offering a free Summer in the Everglades experience for children ages 7 - 12, with field trips, hands-on activities, crafts and games.  Space is limited. Register early: Diana Wilson at education@artmarshall.com or 561-233-9004. 

 

Training for Naturalist Educators
Saturday, June 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
This hands-on training program for teachers and adults working with children offers skills and methods to teach outdoor natural history to children ages 4-12 years. For more information: Kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527ext. 117

 

Summer Fest
Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Erie National Wildlife Refuge, PA
Enjoy free games, crafts and activities around the theme of wetlands. Enter a silent auction of items from local artists and businesses. See entries for the Trash-to-Treasure Contest; winners will be announced at the Summer Fest. The event will be held rain or shine.

 

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Last updated: May 29, 2013