Follow signs with clues to help Carly Crane solve the mystery of her missing egg, as you walk a self-guided loop at the beginning of the Platte River Trail. Interpretive programs for schools and other groups, as well as guided walks, may be offered throughout the spring, summer and fall. Contact the refuge or Friends of Crane Meadows for more information.
Calendar of Events 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Join us to ski under a (nearly) full moon! Participants can ski on a one mile loop which will begin and end at the Refuge Maintenance Shop. The trail will be groomed and candlelit. Participants must furnish their own skis. The Friends of Crane Meadows will have snowshoes available for free to checkout during the event, so people can hike alongside the ski trails. There will also be a bonfire, free refreshments, and a warm area to socialize. The event is free and open to the public. Please call the Refuge for more information. 320-632-1575.
9 am to 1 pm
Our Annual Habitat Day features family fun and your chance to help wood ducks and bluebirds. You're invited to learn more about these bird species and assemble a wood duck or bluebird box to take home. Bringing your own cordless drill or hammer would be helpful, but not necessary. Event is held at the Refuge Maintenance Shop. The event is free and open to the public. Food available for a small fee. Please call the Refuge for more information. 320-632-1575.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
8 am to 10 am
May Bird Walk
Are you interested in learning about birds and want to know what species can be found around Little Falls during the Spring migration? Join other birders on May 6th at Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge for a morning walk along the Platte River on the Platte River Trail. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Crane Meadows and is free and open to the public. The walk begins at 8:00 am at the Refuge Headquarters and will be about 2 hours long. Refreshments will be served at the end of the walk in the Refuge Shop. Wear your walking shoes and bring your binoculars. Loaner binoculars will be available at the trail-head if needed. Additional birding may be offered if there is interest. For more information call the Refuge Headquarters at 320-632-1575.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
9 am to 12 pm
Backyard Bird Feeder
Do you like to bird watch and would like to see more of your feathered friends in your yard or need a gift for that hard to buy for person? The staff and Friends of Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge invite you to build a bird feeder during the seventh annual Backyard Bird Feeder Day on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Come between 9:00 am and noon to the Refuge maintenance building. Due to a limited number of kits, there may be a restriction of one bird feeder per family. Snowshoeing will be available weather permitting. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call the Refuge at 320-632-1575.