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New children’s programs available at Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge

New children’s programs available at Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
Summertime is in full swing, and children are looking for things to do. Why not bring them to the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge to learn about animals that are native to Tennessee.
Two new summer programs are being introduced at the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge visitor center on Highway 157, which is off of Highway 22.
The Nature Tots program is for ages 3 and 4 only. This program will introduce young children to a particular animal that is found in the state of Tennessee, whether it be a live snake, frog, turtle, etc.  The children will also have time to make a craft on the particular animal they learned about, and have a snack afterward. The Nature Tots program will be from 10-11a.m. Tuesday, as well as on July 13 and July 27.
Another program being offered is the Summer Nature Program, where 5-8 year olds can come learn about a particular animal group, which may be reptiles, amphibians, birds or mammals, with an emphasis on a particular animal. The Summer Nature Program is from 10-11a.m. June 25, July 22 and July 29.
“Please bring your children and introduce them to nature,” said Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge official Tara Dowdy.
She also encouraged parents to sign up their 9- to 12-year-olds for the Reelfoot Refuge Romp summer day camp July 7-9. The children need to attend all three days to obtain a T-shirt and goody bag.
“The Reelfoot Refuge Romp will introduce youth to a variety of different plants and animals and do fun activities such as scavenger hunts, crafts, a pontoon boat ride and various games that deal with the outdoors,” she said.  
 For further information, or to make reservations, contact Ms. Dowdy at the Reelfoot NWR at 538-2481, Monday-Friday at 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Published in The Messenger 6.18.10