Celebrated annually during the second week of October, National Wildlife Refuge Week is a great time to connect with your local refuge. Here’s a sampling of activities across the country.
Conservation Day on the WPA, St. Croix Wetland Management District, WI
150-400 Boy Scouts and community members will be collecting milkweed seed on waterfowl production areas (WPAs) to help see other WPAs. The day is a partnership with The Friends of the St. Croix WMD and the Boy Scouts of America.
Youth in the Outdoors, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, MI
Loads of activities to select, including mini, half-day and long sessions. Some activities may be demanding. Bring lunch. For more information or to participate, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Some activities can fulfill Scout badge requirements. Registration and $5 fee per participant required by October 3.
Arts and Crafts Nature Festival, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
2 Marshlands Rd, Fremont, CA
Fun-filled day, all free. You’ve got a range of choices: origami workshop; nature quilt; create a fish print tote bag; family bird walk; get creative with wildlife-shaped desserts; or take a salt marsh walk. The 2017 California winning Junior Duck Stamp art will be displayed.
Family Bird Walk, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
2 Marshlands Road, Fremont CA
10 a.m. to noon
Let family walks add to your family memories. We start by helping kids create their own bird watching field guides, then head to the trails. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow. Recommended for children ages 5-10. Reservations required: https://jrrefugerangeralviso.eventbrite.com or call 510-792-0222, ext. 362.
Junior Ranger with Nature Play, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Environmental Education Center
1751 Grand Blvd.
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Become a Junior Ranger to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week. Participate in hands-on activities to earn your badge. Best for kids 8-11. Nature walk is part of the program. Reservations required: https://jrrefugerangeralviso.eventbrite.com or call 408-262-5513 ext.104
Family Day, Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, MO
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
It’s a day of variety: guided hikes in the Loess Hills, watch waterfowl through spotting scopes, learn about reptiles and amphibians, and learn the tools that wildlife biologists use.
National Wildlife Refuge Round Up, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, TX
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Enjoy the beauty of the refuge and family fun such as archery, fishing, BB guns, hiking, live animals, nature photography and art activities. Just 45 minutes northwest of Austin.
20th Annual Wild Things, Southeast Louisiana Refuge Complex, Lacombe, LA
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
110-Bayou Lacombe Center
Free admission, parking and activities, Wild Things is a fun day for the whole family to connect with the wild resources of the refuge. You can enjoy Bayou boat tours, live animal exhibits, live music, kids face painting – all free.
Philly Fall Nature Fest, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It’s the biggest event of the year, filled with free fun for the whole family. Fishing, guided nature walks, kayak tours on Darby Creek, archery, live animals, music and trolley shuttle tours. Food available.
The Big Sit! Birding Festival, Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, Liberty, TX
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The refuge will host The Big Sit! The rules couldn’t be easier for this national event: Join a 17-foot circle and identify all the birds you can see or hear. Champion Lake is located at the end of CR 417, two miles east of FM 1409 or about 10 miles south of Dayton.
Photo Contest Awards, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Hardeeville, SC
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
694 Beech Hill Lane
Free light refreshments and a chance to see the winning photos of the 2017 contest. Join photographer Robert Rommel at 3:15 p.m. for his discussion about the key elements that give impact to nature photographs.
Second Saturday Stewardship, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, IA
9 a.m. to noon
Give back to your community. Volunteers will be collecting seeds to help restore prairie habitat at the Refuge. Free lunch will be provided by the Friends of Neal Smith NWR. Pre-registration is required: 515-994- 3400.
Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge Cleanup, Seal Beach, CA
Help wildlife by removing trash on a rarely-visited area of the refuge along the Pacific Coast Highway. RSVP: 562-598-1024
Refuge Day, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, FL
9:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m.
Free boat Tours around Kings Bay. Contact Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, (352)-382-0102, email@example.com
Wildlife Celebration, Red River National Wildlife Refuge , northwestern LA
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy a day full of free, wildlife-themed activities and events in honor of Refuge Week. Highlights include canoeing, archery, an animal skull-ID maze and a story trail.