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Tamarac Refuge: July programs and activities

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Tamarac Refuge: July programs and activities
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Wildlife Excursions are offered every Thursday starting at 10 a.m. Explore the refuge with a knowledgeable guide. Search for wildlife and learn about the cultural and natural history of Tamarac. Meet at the Chippewa Picnic Area on County Hwy 26 just 3 miles east of the visitor center.

Wild Wednesdays!  Programs will be offered every Wednesday at 10 a.m. July through August. Explore the world of nature with your child or grandchild during this hour long adventure. Activities designed for 3-7 year olds. Meet at the Chippewa Picnic Area.

  • Saturday, July 13, at 2 p.m.: Family Nature Trek — Join a Tamarac Naturalist as we explore part of the North Country Trail. Discover the wonders of the woods from trees to flowers to the critters who call this place home. You never know what’s around the corner. Meet at the North Country Trail access on the Blackbird Wildlife Drive for this mini-hike
  • Sunday, July 14, at 2 p.m.: Wolves: Paws, Claws & Bushy Tails! — Learn how this species was decimated and how the Endangered Species Act made their incredible journey of recovery possible.  We’ll take a look at their natural history and family social structure as well as an update on Tamarac’s wolves. Then we’ll journey into Tamarac’s wild wolf habitat! Meet at the Chippewa Picnic Area.
  • Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m.: Celebrating 75!  History Tour — Join us for this car caravan tour as we embark on a journey through the story of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Discover the people and places that played a key role in refuge development from the 1930’s and the Civilian Conservation Corps forward.  Meet at the Chippewa Picnic Area.
  • Saturday, July 27, at 10 a.m.: Tree Trek — Discover the forest! During this hike, we will see how many of Tamarac’s 36 species of trees we can identify.  We will also take a peek at their neighbors, the shrubs and forest floor plants. Hikers will receive a complete Tamarac tree checklist and a partial list of other plants likely to be encountered.

Hand lenses will be provided for looking closely at some of the characteristics. Meet at the 400th Ave. Trailhead. Wear good hiking shoes; bring water and a snack (or lunch) for this two hour trek.

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