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June 2014 Events

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A young fisherman shows off his catch in a Massachusetts fishing derby sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Many national wildlife refuges will host children’s and family fishing events this month to mark National Fishing and Boating Week, June 1-8.
Credit: USFWS


Golf Cart Tours
June 5, 19 and 21, 7:45 to 10 a.m. — Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, WI
Travel silently through the refuge and experience its beauty. Look for migratory birds, native plants, dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies. Bring your camera and binoculars.  Binoculars are available to borrow.


Concert on the Prairie
June 6, 4 to 9:30 p.m. – Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, IA
Enjoy an outdoor concert on the tallgrass prairie by Tropical Steel, a Caribbean Steel Band. This second annual event also features wine tasting, a guided twilight walk on the Overlook Trail and an exhibit of art, photos and literature by Iowa artists. Tickets are $40. Proceeds will help refurbish and upgrade educational displays in the refuge’s Prairie Learning and Visitor Center. (More information: or 985-882-2000.) RSVP here.


National Fishing and Boating Week
June 1-8
Many national wildlife refuges will host fishing events for kids and families this week or later this month. Check your local refuge to see what it has planned:
Among refuges that often host such events:
Bogue Chitto
Deer Flat
Edwin B. Forsythe
Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Trinity River


Take a Kid Fishing
June 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, IN
Take a child to the refuge to enjoy a fishing contest just for kids and fishing lessons with all equipment provided. A free lunch is served.


Youth Fishing Event
June 7, 7:30 to 11 a.m. — Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge, LA
Introduce kids ages 4-12 to the thrill of fishing. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration forms will be accepted through May 1. Participants will receive a T-shirt, rod-and-reel, tackle, bait and lunch. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Many local and national sponsors help make this an exciting day for kids.


Kids Fishing Day
June 7, 8:30 a.m. to noon — Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, KS
Bring the whole family to this free event and experience fishing at the refuge. Arrive early to give children the opportunity to learn knot tying, casting and fish identification. At 10 a.m., activities move to the Kids Fishing Pond. Prizes will be awarded. Lunch is included. Preregistration requested: 620-486-2393 or


Tour de Marsh
June 7, 9 to 11 a.m. — Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Pedal portions of the refuge on a guided one-hour family tour. Then explore the marsh by bicycle or vehicle at your leisure.


Kids Fishing Day
June 7, 8:30 a.m. to noon — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Free fishing demonstrations and instructions for ages 15 and under. Catch and release fishing only. Pre-registration required: 301-497-5887.


Children’s Fishing Clinic
June 7, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, VT
Take a child fishing along the banks of the Missisquoi River. See demonstrations and presentations on fly casting, fly tying, lure making and spin casting. Also see displays on watershed models and invasive species and a Fish ID aquarium. A light lunch will be served. Some prizes will be awarded. Please register in advance: 802-868-4781


National Trails Day
June 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Enjoy a day of hiking. Experience the Animal Olympics along the Indigo Trail. Please bring sunscreen and stay hydrated.


Northern Maine Bird Festival
June 7, 11 a.m. — Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge, ME
Enjoy a live owl program, bird walks, bird banding, falconry exhibit and kids' activities. For more information, contact 207-328-4623 or visit


Bird Tour
June 7, 8 to 11 a.m. — Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Meet your guide at the Blue Hill Trail. 


Platte River Clean-up Day 
June 7, 8 a.m. to noon —Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Take a leisurely float down the river while picking up trash. Some canoes, paddles and life jackets are available but you are welcome to bring your own. Drop-off and pickup service is provided by refuge staff or volunteers. Refreshments will be served at the end of the clean-up. Call to sign up and check on canoe availability: 320-632-1575.


Full Moon Guided Canoe Trip
June 13, 7 to 9 p.m. — Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Enjoy a guided moonlight canoe tour through part of the refuge interior.  Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and bring a flashlight and bug spray. All canoes must be rented ($32) from Loxahatchee Canoeing. Reservations required: 561-733-0192


BioBlitz 2014
June 13-14 — Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, ID
Take part in a 24-hour biological survey on Friday and Saturday, then a celebration of diversity. at the BioBitz Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Volunteer to help set up and clean up, assist with activities and help biologists in the field. To volunteer, please contact Heidi at 208-467-9278 or e-mail or fill out a BioBlitz application.


Kids’ Fishing Day
June 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, ID
Invite kids to take part in fishing-related activities and crafts, and then practice their new fishing skills. Fishing poles will be available to borrow, or bring your own. To sign up as a volunteer, please call Heidi at 208-467-9278 or e-mail a Kids' Fishing Day volunteer application.


Lost Mound Birding Tours
June 14 and 15, 1 to 5 p.m. — Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, WI
Journey through portions of the Lost Mound Unit, formerly known as the Savanna Army Depot, which contains the largest remnant of sand prairie/sand savanna in Illinois. Look beyond the military relics and you might glimpse a loggerhead shrike, blue grosbeak or an upland sandpiper.


Monthly Bird Walks
June 14, 8 to 10 a.m. — Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, WI
Hone your birding skills by joining avid birders in exploring the refuge. Birders of all ages and skill levels are welcome.


Wildflower Tour
June 14, 10 a.m. to noon — Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Meet your guide at refuge headquarters for this car caravan tour.


Children’s Fishing Derbies
June 14 — Moosehorn and Aroostook National Wildlife Refuges, ME
Children under the age of 16 are invited to participate in two Maine fishing derbies. Fishing rods are available for those who don't have one. Staff and volunteers will be available for help. Hotdogs, chips, drinks and cookies are provided free of charge.


Summer Butterfly Tour
June 21, 10 a.m. to noon — Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Meet your guide at the Blue Hill Trail.


Life on the Beach
June 20, 7 p.m. — Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Join refuge biologist Vinny Turner in the refuge auditorium to learn how the refuge monitors and protects critically threatened beach-nesting birds, including piping plovers, American oystercatchers, black skimmers and least terns.


Biodiversity Basics Camp
June 23 to 27, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, ID
Explore the incredible variety of life in this weeklong day camp. Hike through wetlands and uplands, create your own field guide and find out what it’s like to be a biologist. Children entering fourth and fifth grades in fall 2014 are invited to join this interactive day camp. Register: 208-467-9278


Farallon Island Boat Tours
June 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, CA
In honor of the Wilderness Act anniversary, the refuge has teamed up with the Oceanic Society and San Francisco Whale Tours to offer special boat tours of the Farallon Wilderness. Participants may also see whales. Tours cost $65 per person. The tour will leave from Sausalito at 8 a.m. and will feature live narration by Farallon Refuge staff about island wildlife and the islands’ wilderness designation. For ticket sales, visit Questions: 510-792-0222 ext. 476.


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Last updated: April 30, 2014