With the celebrations of both Earth Day on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 and Arbor Day on Friday, April 30th, 2010, it’s a great time to celebrate our wonderful natural world by getting outdoors and being connected with nature, and Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery is the perfect place to do just that! Yes, whether it’s enjoying a day of fishing with friends and/or family at hatchery creek or making plans for a field trip for you and your students, the entire staff at Wolf Creek welcomes you for a visit seven days a week as our Visitor/Environmental Education Center is open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. CST daily. Beginning May 1st, 2010, we will be open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST as well seven days per week too, giving you and yours more time to visit.
Are you looking for ways to better connect with nature? If so, Wolf Creek NFH has some great ideas! For families, and others looking for engaging ideas on how to better enjoy and learn about the outdoors, the hatchery reminds the public to remember the new Nature Rocks! Family Nature Club! Beginning in January 2010, the monthly event offers plenty of fun activities, snacks and more for families seeking ways to better connect with the natural world around them. There is no charge to attend, and the next program will be held at the Russell County Public Library in Jamestown, Kentucky on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
For educators and others working in the field of environmental
education, water wetlands education will be the themes for 3 different
environmental education workshops scheduled to take place at the
hatchery April 16th, 17th and 18th, 2010. On Friday, April 16th,
2010, the hatchery will serve as host for a Project WET
and WOW! – Wonders of Wetland Workshop. Since 1984, Project
WET, an award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has
dedicated itself to the mission of reaching children, parents, teachers
and community members of the world with water education.
Combined with WOW!, which features over 50 multidisciplinary
activities correlated to National Science Standards, you won’t want
to miss these two wonderful curriculums! Leave this workshop with
activities you can do with your students to better their understanding
of the ecological function and value of wetlands, the importance of
water, conservation, etc and ways to promote informed decision-
making regarding wetlands. It’s sure to be a fun-filled day of hands
on learning and is suitable for a wide audience, including teachers, 4-
H leaders, Boy/Girl Scout leaders, etc. The event will begin at 9
a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. The cost is $40.00, which includes all
programming, materials, books, lunch and snacks. Please contact
Education/Outreach Specialist Amanda Patrick at 270-343-3797 or
via email at Amanda_Patrick@fws.gov to register for the event.
On Saturday, April 17th and Sunday, April 18th, 2010, Environmental Concern, Inc. (based in St. Michael, Maryland) will be at the hatchery to lead a two-day WOW! – Wonders of Wetland Facilitator Workshop along with a POW! – Planning of Wetlands Workshop. By attending Saturday’s event, attendees will be able to serve as WOW! Facilitators, which enables graduates to lead their own WOW! workshops to educators in their communities. In order to register, participants must have completed a
WOW! workshop, so if you have never taken a WOW! course and
would like to become a facilitator, please make plans to register for
both Friday, April 16th, 2010’s Project WET and WOW!
Workshop along with the Saturday WOW! facilitator event.
Adding to the theme of wetlands education, on Sunday, April 18th,
2010, the hatchery will also offer a POW! – Planning of Wetlands
Workshop. Through this training, you’ll learn the process of creating,
restoring or enhancing a wetland on school grounds or within the
community. POW! incorporates activities that allow students to
fully participate in designing, preparing, and monitoring a schoolyard
wetland and utilizing it as an outdoor classroom. Program times for
both Saturday and Sunday dates are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. CST, and the
cost for the WOW! facilitator is $40.00 while the the POW! event is
$50.00. All fees include programming, curriculum materials and
snacks. For more information and/or to register, visit
www.wetland.org or call 410-745-
Don’t forget too that in celebration of the natural world, the hatchery will host the annual Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 24th, 2010.
, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) will be partnering with the Friends of Wolf Creek National fish Hatchery, Inc and the Russell County Soil Conservation District to sponsor and celebrate the arrival of spring and the great outdoors by hosting the hatchery’s annual Earth Day Celebration! The Visitor/Environmental Education Center will open from 8 a.m. CST – 4 p.m. CST, and a variety of organizations and agencies will have booths on hand promoting different ways to get connected to the natural world starting at 9 a.m. CST running through 3:30 p.m. CST. Agencies planning to attend include the following: Russell County Soil Conservation District; Russell County Middle School PRIDE Club; Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Inc.; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery; Russell County Community Health Coalition; Kentucky Division for Air Quality; and Trout Unlimited. Free tree seedlings will be given away by the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc along with many other goodies and helpful information and hand outs from the myriad of other organizations on hand.
To learn more about programs at the hatchery, including ways to better connect your family and friends with the outdoors and/or how to become a volunteer, please contact Amanda Patrick, Environmental Education/Outreach Specialist, at 270-343-3797 or via email: Amanda_Patrick@fws.gov