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April 2013 Events

A youngster reacts as she reels in her catch. 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: 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.


Fishing Frenzy
Saturday, April 6, 8 a.m. to noon – Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Calling all youth anglers! Grab your fishing pole or borrow one from the refuge, and join a fishing derby. Learn about fish identification, fly typing and more. Register: 303-289-3689.


Bird Identification Tour with John and Becky Hargrove
Sunday, April 7, 1 to 4 p.m. – Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE   
Walk a trail looking for early migrating songbirds, identifying waterfowl and herons in the impoundments, watching for eagles and looking for shorebirds in the tidal salt marsh.  Meet at the visitor center. All levels of experience welcome.


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.


Spring Hike ‘n’ Bird
Saturday, April 13, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Enjoy a guided hike to look for spring migrants. This hike explores woodland, wetland, and prairie habitats. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from us. Recommended for adults. All levels of birding experience welcome.


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
Celebrate species found in North America’s largest river swamp, such as white pelicans and roseate spoonbills. Enjoy guided boat tours and paddling trips into the refuge, along with a photo show, music and fireworks.


Hike with a Ranger
Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. — San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Learn about the unique habitats of this beautiful refuge on the Old Steel Bridge Trailhead in East County, Jamul. All ages welcome.


Earth Day Service Day
Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to noon − Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Help protect wildlife at Ravenswood Point, East Palo Alto. Join the refuge and Save the Bay for our annual Earth Day Service Day. For more information, call 408-262-5513 ext. 106. Reservations:


Training for Naturalist Educators
Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Take part in the second session 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.


Carp Rodeo
Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to noon − Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, NV
Learn how you can help the Fish and Wildlife Service remove carp from refuge waters. Join Nevada Department of Wildlife for a day of fishing and fun. Rods and reels provided for those who do not have any. Anglers age 12 and up must have a Nevada fishing license. See information about licenses here.


Earth Day
Saturday, 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.


Bicycle Tour
Saturday, April 20, 2 to 4 p.m.  − Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE   
Take a guided 6-mile ride, stopping to identify birds and discuss habitats and management techniques. Continue further on your own. Roads are packed dirt. A bicycle with hybrid tires is suggested.  Bring your helmet and check the air in your tires. Meet at the visitor center. 


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.


Nature Yoga
Sunday, April 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Enjoy the benefits of yoga outdoors with great views of the salt marsh. Through story and postures, learn what attracted people and wildlife to the bay. Hike to the site from the Fremont Visitor Center. Bring a yoga mat. Reservations (required): 510-792-0222 ext. 363.


Balcones Songbird Festival
Sunday, 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: February 28, 2013