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KENAI: Over 500 enjoy winter on the refuge Alaskan-style
Alaska Region, April 1, 2011
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"Walk in my Tracks" - Photo Credit: n/a
"A Walk on the Lake" - Photo Credit: n/a

Despite this year's especially cold Alaska winter and limited fresh snow after mid-February, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Soldotna, Alaska, managed to get hundreds of students, adults and families outside in snowshoes to enjoy the outdoor wonders of winter. Every two weeks, Kenai NWR staff hosted fitness walks to get adults outside, enjoy nature, and get some exercise. New this year, Refuge staff led two guided full moon snowshoe hikes. Participants enjoyed a night-time look at the trails near our visitor center and warmed up afterwards with hot chocolate.

Over 70 scouts worked on earning the Girl Scouts of America Alaska National Wildlife Refuges patch by participating in a variety of activities along the trail while snowshoeing. At our 8th annual Winter Family Fun Day, folks of all ages participated in guided snowshoe walks and learned about animal track patterns, footprints in the snow, and animal camouflage.  

Over 450 second - sixth graders participated in our winter environmental education snowshoeing programs. We learned about the historical uses of snowshoes on the Kenai Peninsula, animal tracks in the snow, animal winter adaptations, how animals deal with Alaskan winters, and how humans might avoid negatively impacting wildlife while recreating. 

Contact Info: Janet Schmidt, 907-260-2808, janet_schmidt@fws.gov
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