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Celebrate Great Outdoors Month and National Fishing and Boating Week in Alaska

Summer is here. June brings Alaskans and visitors outdoors to enjoy camping, boating, outdoor festivals and events, fishing, and much more.  In fact, across the country June 2-10 is National Fishing and Boating Week; this month is also Great Outdoors Month. 

Outdoor activities like camping and fishing encourage young and old alike to explore and enjoy Alaska’s rich recreational opportunities.  Alaska’s sixteen national wildlife refuges offer a multitude of outdoor experiences including wildlife viewing, photography, interpretation (guided hikes and programs), environmental education, hunting, and fishing.  Outdoor experiences foster appreciation and natural resource stewardship.

This week alone in south central Alaska the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service has partnered with other agencies and organizations to bring you several special outdoor events:

  • Saturday, June 9 is the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s Potter Marsh Discovery Day from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Potter Marsh boardwalk.  This family friendly event brings you nature-related games and prizes, invertebrate sampling, and birding stations; at 3:45 pm a rehabilitated bald eagle will be released back into the wild.
  • Saturday, June 9 is Chugach National Forest’s “Kids Fishing Day” at Moose Flats on the road to Portage Glacier from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Highlights for the day include a free barbeque, a casting competition, the mobile aquatics classroom, and a bait and fishing rod table for those who didn't bring their own. Bring your own gear.
  • The weekend of June 8-10 the Kenai Watershed Forum sponsors the Kenai River Festival at Soldotna Creek Park in downtown Soldotna. In its 22nd year, this festival features the Run for the River, a Kid’s Zone, a concert, food vendors, and more.

Whether you take advantage of these wonderful outdoor events or connect with nature with friends and family independently, we hope you will take full advantage of the many outdoor opportunities in store for you in Alaska this summer.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq.

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