The Great Dismal Swamp 35th Anniversary Celebration

22 Jul

great dismal swamp anniversary posterSaturday, August 29, 2009, The Great Dismal Swamp in Suffolk will celebrate it’s 35 Anniversary with a day filled with events and activities.

This free event will feature musical performances, educational exhibits, tours, food and souvenirs.

A couple of important tips from the Great Dismal Swamp website:

• Dress appropriately for summer walks. Bring plenty of liquids. You will also need insect repellant.Insects are most troublesome very early and very late in the day.Wear light colored clothing that limits exposed skin. Sturdy trail shoes are best on the dirt roads.

•For more information, please call Deloras Freeman, Visitor Services Specialist, at the refuge headquarters. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. (757) 986-3705.

Also, the Friends of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge have developed a new Junior Refuge Manager Program, teaching young people about wildlife, habitats, and the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

The Friends developed an Activity Book for kids to complete in order to earn their Junior Refuge Manager badge. Activity topics in the book include frogs, snakes, turtles, invertebrates, birds, and optics (magnifying glass, binoculars. Volunteers equipped with scopes, binoculars, magnifying glasses and field guides are available to assist the young aspiring Junior Refuge Managers. Upon completion and certification of the guide each child is awarded an official Junior Refuge Manager badge, a Junior Refuge Manager certificate, and a $5.00 coupon to be used towards the purchase of a field guide from the Friends Bookstore. The program is geared to children between the ages of 5 and 13 and completing the Activity Book requires at least two visits to the Refuge.

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