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June 2013 Events

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A father and son pose proudly alongside the boy’s catch at Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland. On June 16, Walkill River National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey will host a “Take Me Fishing” event for families.

Credit: Nell Baldacchino, USFWS

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, starting from the visitor center. Have lunch on your own at the center. Then enjoy a classroom program, starting at 1 p.m., about woodpecker behavior and biology.


8th Annual Family Fish Day
Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Silvo O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, MA
Learn how to tie flies, cast fly fishing rods, and go fishing in Barton Cove. No equipment of your own required. Register in the Great Falls Discovery Center. Enter a free raffle fishing gear and fishing trips. Enjoy face painting at the Discovery Center and fish printing 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 on the upper Broadkill River, hosted by the Lower Sussex Bassmasters and the refuge in honor of National Fishing and Boating Week. Bring your fishing poles: all other equipment is free. Youth participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Family Fishing Day
Saturday, June 1, 9 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 available on loan 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 youths 15 and under. Fishing poles and bait will be provided as needed. All registered youths 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
This event will feature 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
Visit local area attractions, including Wertheim Refuge. Buses move participants from site to site.  The refuge will host family-friendly activities, including canoeing and archery, lectures and guided hikes.


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


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.


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 youths 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 between 9 and 10 a.m. with 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 for each child.


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 offer a presentation on the cataclysmic Missoula Floods and their effect on the region.


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


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.


“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.


Archery Classes
Tuesday, June 25, 9:30 a.m. 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. Class size is limited and registration is required. Contact: Fran Stephenson, 938-702-7266 ext. 10.


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 learn about local wildlife and the places they live. Be ready to be crafty and have fun.


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 is suitable for teachers and adults working with children and will give you: Skills and methods to teach outdoor natural history to children 4-12 years of age; For more information, contact: Kizette at 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: March 27, 2013