The Wild Ohio!

Every Saturday at 3pm
Longnose Garr 150x118 There's more to this river than meets the eye! The life that thrives below the surface of the Ohio River is hard to see; it's easy to forget the river hosts a diverse community of organisms. What do they look like? How do they live? How are these mysterious organisms connected to the deep past, and what can we learn? These questions and more are explored as a refuge naturalist feeds the river's opportunistic inhabitants. It can be exciting to watch wildlife forage or hunt and feed!

The refuge's 1200 gallon fish tank contains examples of five species endemic to the Ohio River (there are around 100 species in the river). Our collections includes the popular Longnose Garr, a "living fossil" that essentially functions as the crocodile of the Ohio River. As you watch the Garr and other fish chase down prey, a refuge naturalist will tell you more about these fish and their place in the larger ecosystem. This is a great opportunity to learn more about a natural wonder that is too often taken for granted!

We offer this exciting opportunity every Saturday at 3pm in the refuge visitor center near Williamstown, West Virginia off Waverly Road.

All Guided Programs are free and open to the public. There is no limit on number of program attendees.