#EE001 – WILD ENCOUNTERS FAMILY FUN DAY (Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge)
Saturday, June 9 from 10:00am – 3:00pm Age: Families welcome!
Many exciting and engaging activities, all FREE, will be available for participants of all ages and will be scattered throughout the wildlife drive! Plan on arriving on the earlier side if you want to make it to all of the locations. A sampling of this year’s activities include:
Refuge Headquarters – Stop here to get event information, learn about the Friends of Rice Lake Refuge, test your knowledge of common furbearers, and meet Cubby, a 500 pound, full body mount black bear.
Rice Lake Water Control Structure – Fish the Rice River on Take-A-Kid Fishing Weekend! Fishing rods and tackle are available for loan if needed and experienced anglers will be on hand to assist. No fishing license needed for kids under the age of 16 and no license needed for parents or guardians fishing with kids under the age of 16 during Take-A-Kid Fishing Weekend.
Mandy Lake – Stop here for guided canoe tours of Mandy Lake by a Minnesota Master Naturalist and Long Lake Conservation Center, experience discombobulated boating on electric mini-boats led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (intended for kids under the age of 13), and explore and investigate what lives in the water at the aquatic insect station! As well, test your observation skills with a self-led scavenger hunt on the Mandy Lake Nature Trail.
Twin Lakes – See wild songbirds up close as biologists demonstrate songbird capture and banding techniques, visit Long Lake Conservation’s center LIVE education animals, learn birch bark weaving from master craftsmen, build either a bat house or a bird nest platform to take home, plant milkweed seeds to take home to provide habitat for monarch butterflies, learn what AIS is and what you can do to avoid catching it, and enjoy assorted activities and kids crafts. Food will be available for purchase.
Rice Lake Overlook – Get waterfowl identification tips from a biologist and test your identification skills with our “ducks on a stick”, see the Minnesota Jr. Duck Stamp exhibit, climb aboard the airboat utilized for waterfowl surveys on Rice Lake and observing the state record of nearly a million ring-necked ducks (WOW!), and learn how wild rice grows naturally and is hand harvested, as well as its importance for migrating ducks.
Questions – Call Walt Ford at 218-768-2402 ext. 4 for more information.