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Tamarac National Refuge - programs, activities

Wildlife Excursions are offered every Thursday at 10 a.m. June-August. Meet at the Chippewa Picnic Area. Explore the refuge with a knowledgeable guide. Search for wildlife and learn about the natural and cultural history of Tamarac.

Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1

North Country Trail Grand Opening Celebration

Friday: 7 p.m. — Free presentation of The Lives of Wolves, Coyotes, and Foxes by Minnesota Naturalist, author and nature photographer, Stan Tekiela.  Frazee High School Gym.

Saturday: National Trails Day — 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Meet at the Pine Lake Access located just off of Cty Hwy 29 on the refuge. Ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Guided Hikes 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the refuge as well with cake, lemonade and gift items for sale.

Sunday, June 9, 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 NCT access on the Blackbird Wildlife Drive for this mini-hike. 

Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Tamarac Project NOAH Adventure

Learn how to turn your Tamarac wildlife sightings into a documented citizen science observation. This Tamarac specific program is a fun refuge activity that visitors can do alone or as a group while making a valuable contribution.

We will search for plants, wildlife, insects, reptiles etc. and learn how to document the sighting. Be prepared for modest walking and bring your camera. Meet at the Chippewa Picnic Area located on County Hwy 26 just past the Blackbird Wildlife Drive entrance.

Sunday, June 16, 2 p.m.

Butterfly Kisses and Wetland Jewels

Become part of the tradition and celebrate Father’s Day with butterflies! Join John Weber, butterfly enthusiast and citizen scientist, for an intriguing look into the world of butterflies and dragonflies.  Meet at the Chippewa Picnic Area. We will carpool to specific viewing sites in search of these beauties of summer.

Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m.

A Pathway through Plants

Join volunteer naturalists Nancy Brennan and Jeanine Ehnert on a journey to discover the rich diversity of Tamarac’s plant communities. See how they come together to provide a home for wildlife. Learn to identify wildflowers, trees, and other flora and as you leisurely walk on the North Country Trail. Meet at the Pine Lake Parking Area on County Hwy 29.

Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Digital Photography Workshop

Discover the fun and adventure of photographing wildlife, plant life and the ever changing scenes of nature at Tamarac. Bring your own camera and sack lunch. We’ll travel to some unique areas on the refuge. Workshop is geared toward beginner and intermediate levels. Meet at the Chippewa Picnic Area. 

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.