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Youth programs planned at Reelfoot Lake this summer

Youth programs planned at Reelfoot Lake this summer
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
A series of summer youth programs has been planned at the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge. The programs are all designed to educate and entertain youngsters about the environment.
One of the highlights of the summer series is Friday Film Day. Films will be shown every Friday afternoon at the refuge theater, starting June 14 and continuing through Aug. 2.
The June 14 film will feature migrating birds and is being billed as a “breathtaking” view of a variety of migrating birds. The film will provide views of the birds from alongside, above and below as they soar through the air.
All the Friday films will begin at 1 p.m. and there is no admission charge. Reservations are not required.
The June 14 film will last about 90 minutes, according to refuge ranger Tara Dowdy.
The June 21 film “Life,” will be narrated by Oprah Winfrey and will feature reptiles, amphibians and mammals. The movie was produced by the makers of Planet Earth and features an up-close and personal view of animals in everyday life, fighting for survival, according to Mrs. Dowdy. The June 21 film will also last about 90 minutes.
The June 28 film is another in the “Life” series and will feature fish, birds and insects. The movie will last about 90 minutes.
The July 5 film continues along the same theme as the previous two films and will provide a “a stunning television experience that captures rare action, impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet’s best-loved, wildest and most elusive creatures,” according to a news release. The July 5 film will last  nearly two hours
The July 12 film will take viewers on a tour of caves, deserts and ice worlds. The film will also last nearly two hours.
The July 19 film continues the series with views of great plains, jungles and shallow seas around the world. The film will last nearly two hours.
On July 26, the film series continues with a nearly two-hour long documentary featuring seasonal forests and deep oceans.
The final film in the series will be shown Aug. 2 and will focus on the future of the planet.
The wildlife refuge is also hosting a a series of nature programs and storytime programs. All the programs begin at 10 a.m. at the wildlife refuge office and last from 30 minutes to an hour. The storytime programs are geared toward youngsters ages 2 to 6, but are open to youngsters of any age. The nature programs are geared toward youngsters in grades 4 through 8.
The summer schedule for the storytime and nature programs at the wildlife refuge include:
• June 12 — A nature program featuring a variety of animal pelts.
• June 13 — A storytime about how all the things in our ecosystem rely on each other.
• June 19 — A nature program about animal signs.
• June 20 — A storytime about mallard ducks at Meadowview Pond.
• July 3 — A nature program about migrating birds.
• July 10 — Animal Olympics will be offered at the refuge.
“Can you leap further than a frog? Can you flap your arms faster than a hummingbird? Put yourself to the test to see if you can. Water will be served afterward,” a news release states.
• July 11 — A storytime about box turtles at Silver Pond Lane.
• July 17 — A hiking trip is planned starting at 10 a.m. through the Grassy Island area.
• July 18 — A storytime about bumblebees at Apple Tree Lane.
• July 24 — A nature program about owl pellets.
• July 25 — A storytime about a screech owl at midnight hollow.
• July 31 — A nature program about snakes indigenous to Tennessee.
Participants will be given the opportunity to handle a live corn snake.
• Aug. 1 — A storytime about a red fox at Hickory Lane.
Participants will be given the chance to feel a real red fox and a gray fox fur.
Reservations are required for all the above programs and can be made by calling the wildlife refuge at 538-2481.

Published in The Messenger 6.7.13

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