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    • Nature Tots


      Children ages 3-5 are invited to bring their favorite adult to the refuge from 10:30 – 11:30 am on the first Saturday of each month for nature crafts, stories, and walks outdoors. Space is limited; call the Visitor Center to register at 419-898-0014.

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    • Swampers


      Come meet a Park Ranger and participate in hands-on activities and outside programs for children ages 6-10. Swampers will meet from 1-2:30 on the first Saturday of each month for nature crafts, walks, and a Swampin’ good time! Space is limited, call the Visitor Center to Register.

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    • Monthly Bird Count

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      On the first Sunday of each month at 8 a.m. volunteers meet at the trail head parking lot for the bird count. Volunteers divide into teams and hike the east half of the refuge. Everyone, of all skill levels, is welcome. Bring binoculars and dress to be outdoors. This is a great way to see the refuge, meet great people, and practice your bird id skills. After lunch at a local eatery volunteers gather again to drive the west half of the refuge. For more information about this part of the bird count please call the refuge at 419-898-0014.

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    • Blue Goose Bus Tour


      Discover and learn about habitat restoration projects and management techniques while exploring closed areas of the refuge on this behind the scenes tour. Destinations vary depending on wildlife use and activity. Registration is required.

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    • Eagle Tour


      Enjoy our national bird on this bus tour of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. See a few nests and discover why so many eagles call the marsh home. Two tours will run on this day. The first from 9 a.m. – noon and another from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Space is limited so please call 419-898-0014 to register.

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    • Nurture Nature Days

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      Human nature protecting mother nature! Learn about the refuge while lending a hand to improve habitat for wildlife.  Stewardship projects change throughout the year.  Dress for the weather and bring gloves if you have them.

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    • Volunteer Opportunities - March

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      Join us at 1:00 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month to discover the various ways you can support conservation during this introduction to the refuge and volunteer opportunities.

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    • Ottawa Wildlife Drive - March 2017


      Enjoy the refuge from the comfort of your car! The 7 mile ONE WAY gravel route begins from the overflow parking area next to the visitor center. Open sunrise to sunset on limited days. (Entrance gate closes one hour prior to sunset.)

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    • Owl Prowls

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      Experience the refuge at night!  Event runs from 8 to 10 pm. Explore the world of owls and learn about their amazing adaptations on this guided hike through the forest.  Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Please call 419-898-0014 to reserve a spot.

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    • Cavity Nester Workshop

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      Discover bluebirds, purple martins, and tree swallows during this interactive workshop designed to help you attract these birds to your yard or school. Registration is required.

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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2013
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