Bugs and Creepy Crawlers

Sunday August 18 2:00 pm Discover the strange world of insects found on the refuge that are part of the food chain of a healthy ecosystem. We will work grass and brush with sweep nets to collect insects that we will view up close with magnifiers and try to identify. Meet at the Pine Lake […]

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Owls, Howls and Shooting Stars

Saturday August 10 7:00-9:00 pm Join us for an evening of discovery as we witness the fall of night on the refuge. Listen to the sounds of Tamarac’s wildlife and learn how they adapt to the darkness of night. Use your senses and become part of their world all while experience the peak of the […]

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Wet and Wild: Macroinvertebrates

Sunday August 4 2:00 pm Explore the shore of the Ottertail and discover tiny critters which provide food and cover for fish and other animals. You’ll collect invertebrates using a dip net and will have the opportunity to sketch these animals and to identify them by using a key. See how many you can find! […]

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Tamarac Discovery Center

The Friends of Tamarac are passionate about creating more opportunities for the youth and families of our local communities to make meaningful connections with nature.  Spending time in nature rejuvenates the spirit, inspires creativity and keeps us healthy.  Children today are too ‘plugged in’ and don’t even spend half the amount of time outdoors as […]

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16th Annual Festival of Birds

   Set the alarm. Grab the binoculars. Put on good walking shoes. The Detroit Lakes area is in the heart of a transition zone of tall grass prairie, northern hardwood and coniferous ecosystems.  This brings more than 250 species of birds to Becker County, a birders’ paradise! 2013 Festival of Birds Program The 16th annual […]

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Studying Environmental Education

By Craig Lewis, Minnesota Master Naturalist, Tamarac Naturalist Committee, USFWS Volunteer        In recent years it seems more evident that the ability of teachers to get students interested in studying and learning has been a significant challenge.  However, Environmental Education programs afford a new way to enhance opportunities for students as well as […]

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