These days at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service there is space on the refuge for more than flocks and herds.
They have room for kids there, too — especially after opening a spacious new facility in Brice Prairie.
On certain Saturdays, families can enjoy free educational programming compliments of Fish and Wildlife Service staff.
Dan Peterson, park ranger with the Fish and Wildlife Service, specializes in presenting educational programs to children and their families. Peterson recently presented a program on wintertime habits of local animal species.
Peterson loves to share his passion for the natural world and see people get excited about it, too.
Excitement was evident in his presentation as children gravitated to the animal hides on display and readily donned binoculars.
During the winter, Fish and Wildlife Service staff offer special family programs one Saturday per month at the Fish and Wildlife Service Visitor Center.
Plans for summer programming are currently in development.
“The Visitor Center has completely changed how we interact with the public,” said Paula Ogden-Muse, Visitor Services Manager. “We’re totally remaking ourselves.”
Both Peterson and Ogden-Muse share a love for the outdoors and want future generations to embrace the outdoors as well.
According to Ogden-Muse, their mission is simple: “To introduce people to the refuge in their backyard.”