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Girls transplant native plants

A monarch butterfly feeds at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA. The fall monarch viewing frenzy has begun, with events in September at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, IA, and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, KS.
Photo Credit: John Holmes/USFWS

Wildlife Sightings Reward the Hardy
At National Wildlife Refuges

Despite blizzards and Arctic blasts, nature hasn’t deserted us. An “irruption” of snowy owls has produced sightings on refuges as far south as Florida. Eagle watchers are checking refuge nests for new chicks. Forays into snow-covered refuges reveal tracks of deer, rabbit and otter.  

Even in the heart of winter, there’s much to enjoy on national wildlife refuges. Take your pick from a host of special refuge events – from snowshoe hikes to bird festivals.

Visit a refuge and learn how the Refuge System is protecting your natural heritage.





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Regional Events

Salazar Wapanocca "ARRA projects"

Wapanocca NWR, about 25 minutes from Memphis, Tenn. in east central Arkansas, was established in 1961 as a sanctuary for migratory birds. It covers more than 5,600 acres. Waterfowl numbers peak at roughly 150,000 ducks and geese each year.
Credit - USFWS/Southeast

Did you know there are over 70 National Fish Hatcheries and more than 550 National Wildlife Refuges, many

within a 1- hour drive from your house? No matter where you live, there is a natural area close by to visit, whether it is a community park, state park or your national wildlife refuge or hatchery. These areas often have trails, waterways, campgrounds, gardens and events to enjoy.  Pack up the family and get to know each place together. Go back often so you really can enjoy and learn about what they have to offer. Check to see if they give tours, learn about their history, and make your own adventure.  Make sure to bring a nature journal to record all the different types of wildlife you see. Wildlife is EVERYWHERE. For ideas, use the web sites below to explore online; then explore them in person – with your friends and family.
Nature Rocks
Naturefind, National Wildlife Federation


Local Events

Little girl with minnow

Little Girl at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Credit - USFWS/Steve Hillebrand

Getting your family outdoors can be as simple as opening the door to the backyard or as exciting as going camping.  And as your children grow bigger and more capable, adventures outdoors can grow in complexity with them.  The important thing is to begin when they are young – as soon as they can crawl – to let them experience the wonders of nature. The web sites below will give you ideas about outdoor family fun.
Your Guide to Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Your Guide to Fishing on National Wildlife Refuges, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Find Activities, Nature Rocks
Nature Clubs for Families, Nature Rocks
Great American Backyard Campout, National Wildlife Federation

Endangered Species Day Events: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Playful Pathways: Changing the Way Families Play

Pathways for Play helps communities create networks of shared use pathways, infused with play pockets, and usable by all for healthy recreation and non-motorized transportation to connect meaningful destinations.

Last updated: April 17, 2014
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