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Information icon Hundreds turned out for the 2017 Catch a Rainbow kids fishing derby. Photo by USFWS.

Upcoming events at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

Jamestown, Kentucky – Lots of exciting things are happening at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery!

Ranger the Skunk’s First Birthday Party - Saturday, May 19

Our little stinker is turning one! Come on out at 12:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday, May 19 to help us celebrate. Grab a complimentary cupcake; create an animal track work-of-art; and watch Ranger play. Gifts and donations welcome, but certainly not required. Wish list items: gently used towels, World’s Best Kitty Litter, cat toys (no catnip please). For more information, contact Ashley Buffington, Environmental Education/Outreach Specialist, at 270-343-3797 or via email:

Annual Catch A Rainbow Kids Fishing Derby - Saturday, June 2

What began as a small event in 1986 has now blossomed into one of the largest events of its kind in the country! This year’s 32nd Annual Catch A Rainbow Kids Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, 2018 and will take place at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.

Designed as a way to get kids outdoors and connected to fishing, this event provides an opportunity for families to have fun with a rod and reel! Last year’s event included approximately 1,500 participating children! Support and planning for the event came about through generous donations of more than a hundred volunteers and over one hundred sponsors. The event offers fishing, prizes, trophies, food, and much more at no charge!

The derby is hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer to help with the derby, please feel free to contact the Hatchery. You can also contact Ashley Buffington or Moria Painter, Environmental Education/Outreach Specialists, at 270-343-3797 or via email: or

Longest Day of Play - Thursday, June 7

Join Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and Russell County Community Health Coalition from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CDT for Longest Day of Play. Kids of all ages are welcome to attend this FREE event. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. CDT. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire event.

This fun-filled day of environmental education activities, games, and prizes celebrates the longest day of the year and encourages everyone to get outside! There will be a variety of interactive booths set up by our community partners in front of the Visitor Center for participants to visit throughout the day. Please wear sturdy and comfortable shoes, as we will be playing active games throughout the day. We will be making crafts, playing games and learning about the environment and we will have animal encounters throughout the day.

This year’s event is possible with the help of our generous community partners: Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Aetna, Russell County Community Early Childhood Council, Lake Cumberland District Health Department, Russell County Cooperative Extension Service, Cumberland Family Medical Center, Healthy Kids Clinic, Russell County Library, Hospice of Lake Cumberland, US Army Corps of Engineers, 21st Century Community Learning Center, Lake Cumberland State Resort Park and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH. Prize drawings will be held at the end of the day for children who participate in activities throughout the event. There will be lots of great prizes!

Wolf Creek NFH is committed to increasing opportunities for Kentucky youth to spend time outdoors. The Longest Day of Play event focus is on the summer solstice – the day that has the most daylight hours each year, or “longest day”. Our goal is to celebrate nature and promote physical activity among our youth. We encourage you to visit us for this great event or any day to enjoy the abundance of nature at the hatchery.

For more information on other programs for youth through Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, please contact: Moria Painter, Environmental Education/Outreach Specialist, at 270-343-3797 or via email: or visit and follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.

Professional Development Workshop - Wednesday, July 18

The environmental education team at Wolf Creek NFH, along with guest professional environmental educators, will host a professional development workshop for formal and non-formal educators, featuring the Project Flying Wild and Project Aquatic Wild Curricula.

The workshop will be held in the classroom at the Environmental Education/Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT, allowing for an hour lunch break. The cost of this workshop is $25 to cover curricula guides and administrative expenditures. Pre-registration required. Deadline to register is June 22. To register, or for more information, contact Ashley Buffington, Environmental Education/Outreach Specialist, at 270-343-3797 or via email:

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