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Girl touching dragonfly at Prairie FestYouth are encouraged to explore the outdoors during 'Prairie Fest' one of the outdoor education events sponsored by the 'Friends of Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA' ("Ma-Haw-Ta-Hop-E")  The Huron WMD would not be able to host events without the help of the station's Friends Group "Friends of Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA".   

From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources.  

More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex or an entire state.  Friends members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.  

More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century.  Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources. 

 The Huron Wetland management District's Friends Group is Friends of Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA.  The Friends Group is a private non-profit organization that helps promote, develop and support environmental education and awareness of the values of preserving and enhancing our natural resources.  Maga Ta-Hohpi is a Yankton Sioux (Lakota) term meaning 'Duck Nest'.  Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA is a 2,200 acre waterfowl production area that lies about 8 miles west of Huron, SD on Hwy 14.  Many of the Friends group outdoor activities are held on the WPA.


Page Photo Credits — Child touching dragonfly at Huron Prairie Fest "bug safari" event,  Bridgette Flanders Wanner/ USFWS
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014
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