The guided weekend programs at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge offer a chance to learn about the nature, culture and history of the area. The programs began Saturday. Each program is led by an experienced guide.
Here is a look at some of the upcoming programs:
Today: “It’s in Your Nature: Exploring the Wild,” 9-11 a.m. From bitterns to butterflies, chickadees to crab apples, the refuge is home to many types of wildlife. Join naturalist Jan Seguin on this nature walk that will focus on the creatures of the refuge. Meet in the visitor center.
“Our Amazing Plant World,” 1-2:30 p.m. Spring is the perfect time to experience the refuge plant life. Join Sally Vogel on this walk to learn about plant-insect interactions, adaptations for survival and other interesting facts. Meet at the flagpole in front of the visitor center.
April 13: “Birds of a Feather: Take Flight on a Bird Walk,” 8:30 a.m.-noon. Experience the thrill of seeing a peregrine falcon (the world’s fastest bird) or of hearing a woodpecker pecking away (up to 20 pecks per second). Experienced birder David Richardson leads this walk full of the sights and sounds of one of the refuge’s largest treasures, the birds. Meet at the landing overlooking the pond at the visitor center.
“How to Keep a Wave on the Sand: Capturing the Outdoors in Photographs,” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. In this hands-on workshop with writer and photographer Greg Farley, learn to take your camera off the automatic settings and then head outside to apply basic and professional outdoor photography techniques. Bring your camera (film, DSLR, or point and shoot), extra batteries and a sense of adventure. Meet in the visitor center auditorium.
April 14: “The Nisqually and Medicine Creek: Where Nature, Culture and History Converge,” 1-2:30 p.m. Learn about the events surrounding the signing of the Medicine Creek Treaty, explore how the Nisqually people came to the Nisqually delta and how their lives changed with the settlement of Europeans. Lynn Corliss leads this walk. Meet at the flagpole in front of the visitor center.
The programs will run each Saturday and Sunday through the end of June. A complete scheduled can be found at fws.gov/refuge/nisqually. While the programs are free, there is an entrance fee of $3 per four adults.
The refuge is north of Lacey, off Interstate 5 at Exit 114. The refuge’s trails are open everyday from sunrise to sunset.