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June 7, 2014

Programs at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will be offering the following free public programs during the month of June. Many of the refuge programs require preregistration. Registrations are not confirmed until the registrant receives a phone call from a member of the refuge staff. Anyone having a question about a refuge program is asked to contact the refuge at 978-465-5753.

Behind the Scenes Refuge Tour

Saturday, June 7, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, June 8, 1 p.m.; Saturday, June 14, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, June 15, 1 p.m.; Sunday, June 22, 1 p.m.; Saturday, June 28, 9:30 a.m.

Join a refuge ranger for a behind the scenes tour of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Tour will be conducted via refuge van, with several brief “drive by” stops along the way. The tour will present an “up close and personal” look at the refuge through the multiple lenses of the cultural history of Plum Island and the Great Marsh, native wildlife and their habitats, and the role of refuge management in the conservation of these precious natural resources. Participants may be driven along areas on the refuge otherwise closed to the public. This guided 2-hour program is most appropriate for older teens and adults. Binoculars and/or a camera are recommended, but not required. Meet the ranger in the lobby of the Refuge visitor center 15 minutes prior to the program start time. Each session is limited to 8 participants; no more than 4 individuals per sign-up. Advance registration is required.

Exploring the Refuge by Kayak

Friday, June 13, 10 a.m. and Wednesday, June 25, 9 a.m.

There is no better way to see and experience the refuge’s salt marsh than from the cockpit of your own kayak. Join a couple of refuge rangers for a 3-hour meander through the marsh and learn about some of its fascinating natural and cultural history. Program participants should have kayaking experience and need to provide their own kayak, paddle, and personal flotation device. Participant boats must be a minimum of 12 feet in length and have onboard flotation. It is recommended that participants provide their own insect repellant, sunscreen, water, snack food, and wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Meet the rangers at the refuge’s boat ramp, opposite Lot 1, 15 minutes prior to the program start time. Enrollment limited to 12 participants. Registration required.

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