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Scouting For Winter Critters

GirlScouts_WinterCritters_512x219Girl Scouts from the Badgerland and Northwestern Great Lakes Councils attended the Winter Critters Girl Scout Day at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.


Scouting for Winter Critters at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge 

NECEDAH, Wisc. (FWS) – Girl Scouts from across central Wisconsin enjoyed Winter Critters Girl Scout Day at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge!  This one day event was presented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with the Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge and the Badgerland and Northwestern Great Lakes Girl Scout Councils of Wisconsin. 


Nearly 40 Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts representing eight troops were present at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, February 8th!  Throughout the event, scouts were engaged in hands-on educational activities and worked towards earning their Hiker or Animal Habitats badges.  Girls spent the day snowshoeing and hiking across habitats found at the refuge, explored how to be prepared to go on a winter hike, created winter wildlife habitats, and challenged their understanding of winter wildlife adaptations through mini experiments! 


“The goal of this day was to immerse Girl Scouts in a winter environment and encourage them to get out and explore the natural world!” said Visitor Services Specialist Kara Zwickey from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.   


For more information on public programming, or a copy of our trail maps, contact the Necedah NWR Visitor Center at 608-565-2551 or by e-mail at  Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is open Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and is located off of Highway 21 four miles west of the Village of Necedah or 18 miles east of Tomah.  Refuge lands are open sunrise to sunset year-round.  For additional information please call 608-565-2551or visit us online at 


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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014
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