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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge Celebrates Autumn and NCT

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge
Tamarac Wildlife Refuge (photo by jhy)

based on a news article at Detroit Lakes Online

“Become a Nature Detective” is the theme for this year's annual autumn festival at the Tamarac Wildlife Refuge in western Minnesota. The North Country Trail skirts the eastern edge of the Refuge. This year the festival will be on October 1.

Friends of Tamarac, is a not-for-profit organization that puts on the Fall Festival and other activities at the refuge. The detective theme will be carried throughout the day and will include everything from a CSI Nature Investigation Challenge to Sherlock Shuttles. There will be a nature detective trail, a demonstration of processing wild rice, GPS events, a guided hike, and a silent auction.

A grilled pork sandwich lunch is available for purchase at the festival.

North Country Trail representatives will lead a two-mile hike at 10:30 a.m. Friends of Tamarac are happy to see the NCT there, because it helps to maintain trails that everyone can use.

Friends of Tamarac has dedicated $5,000 each year to bring school kids to the refuge — over 2,000 students a year — for activities that range from science to math, language arts to social studies — all in the great outdoors. “Tamarac Refuge is a wonderful outdoor classroom where students get involved in real life science,” the group says.

Contact Matt Davis

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