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April 2013 Events

Fishing derbies and learn-to-fish events are refuge staples every spring, summer and fall. Children can take part in a fishing clinic on April 6 at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

Credit: Megan Nagel/USFWS.

Nature on Film
Thursday, April 4, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Watch City Dark: The Definitive Story of Light Pollution and the Disappearing Stars. Bring a bag lunch. Beverages and dessert provided.


Kids Fishing Clinic
Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to noon — St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Call Lori Nicholson or David Moody at the refuge for more information: 850-925–6121.


Thursday, April 11- Saturday, April 14 — Galveston, TX
The festival includes field trips to Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.


Prairie Chicken Festival 
Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Enjoy tours of the refuge, native plants and Attwater prairie chickens on their booming grounds.


Archery 101
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Sullys Hill National Game Preserve, ND
Learn the basics of shooting a bow and arrow.  Great fun for all ages. Sign up: 701-766-4272.


Earth Day
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT
Sense of Wonder Day is the refuge’s family-fun Earth Day celebration. Enjoy free activity stations along the Wetland Walk. Immerse yourself in amphibian life cycles, dip for macro-invertebrates, take part in animal Olympics, and learn about the magic of migration.


Bayou Teche Black Bear and Birding Festival
Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21— Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge, LA
The annual festival celebrates species found in North America’s largest river swamp, such as white pelicans and roseate spoonbills. Guided boat tours and paddling trips into the refuge are featured attractions, along with a photo show, music and fireworks.


Training for Naturalist Educators
April 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
This training session is the second of a four-part Naturalist Educators training seminar. The four dates are January 12, April 20, June 29 and November 2. This hands-on training program is suitable for teachers and adults working with children. Contact Kizette at or 978-562-3527 ext. 117 for more information.


Earth Day
April 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor activities at the Champion Lake Public Use Area to commemorate Earth Day. Call 936-336-9786 for more information.


Santee Birding and Nature Festival
Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28  — Santee National Wildlife Refuge, SC
Join birders and naturalists at one of the state’s only nature festivals. Take field trips throughout the midlands of South Carolina. Learn about wonderful natural places and their inhabitants.


Balcones Songbird Festival
Friday, April 26 – Monday, April 29  — Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Enjoy refuge tours and workshops.


Birding and Crystal Festival
Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28 — Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, OK
The annual festival features guided tours, workshops, decoy-carving demonstrations and selenite crystal digging contests.


Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival
Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28 — Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, WA
The festival, which coincides with the peak of spring shorebird migration on the Washington coast, includes field trips to Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and other birding hot spots.


Balcones Songbird Festival
Saturday, April 28, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Come out for a family-day of bird tours to see endangered and common Hill Country birds. There will be a raptor show, archery range and other children’s activities.

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Last updated: January 30, 2013