The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge invites the public to celebrate Earth Day and renew a “Sense of Wonder” in the great outdoors.
On Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge will host “Sense of Wonder Day,” where visitors can engage in various activities to rekindle their curiosity about the natural world.
“Sense of Wonder” is a term coined by Rachel Carson, an influential environmental scientist and former U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service employee. In the spirit of Earth Day, this family-friendly event offers many hands-on activities along the wetland trail, as well as inside the Wildlife Education Center and out on the Refuge.
Susan Neidert, Brigham City Fine Arts Center, will kick off the day with a Leave-No-Trace Puppet show at 10:15 a.m. Ogden Nature Center follows with a LIVE OWL presentation at 11 a.m., and Gareth Hopkins, herpetologist from Utah State University, hosts MEET THE HERPS at 12:30-2 p.m.
A “Digital Photography” class with Terry Halbert runs noon to 3 p.m., and stations along the Wetland Walk from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., will feature sun printing, wetlands poetry writing, aquatic insect sampling, a line-casting contest and much more.
From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., a train will transport visitors to an outdoor exploration area on the Refuge where kids can check out Junior Ranger Backpacks. Naturalists will be available along the Auto Tour Loop to assist visitors in wildlife viewing. Materials to build your own Junior Ranger Backpack will be available for purchase at the Avocet Corner Bookstore and there will be a 10 percent discount on any single item in celebration of the event.
The Wildlife Education Center is located at 2155 W. Forest St., Brigham City. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. For more information call 435-723-5887.