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WHO Festival

MISSION: Connect people to nature with this community celebration of nature’s diversity, opportunities and local heritage!

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Increase your “Wild-Wise” IQ at the annual Wildlife Heritage and Outdoors (WHO) Festival at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday Feb. 1, 2020, from 11 am – 4pm.  There will be over 26 exhibits and demonstrations to test your skill and knowledge of the outdoors, including duck calling for all ages, Animal Olympics, campsite skills, archery, fishing, cast netting, “Digging for Wildlife,”  atlatl throwing,  tours behind the gates and taking your best outdoors photos with the refuge Photo Club.  Build your own outdoor first aid kit with our Friends of the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge and interact with staff from local historical sites, state forests, state parks and learn water safety with the U.S. Corps of Engineers. 

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The fantastic beasts exhibit will test your knowledge of wildlife and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission will invite you to “Be A Bear,” and learn about the lifestyle of our Florida black bears.  The calling contests will include duck, turkey, and other birds – register by 1:00 pm and the contest starts at 1:30 pm! You won’t want to miss it!

Please leave your pets at home as we will have live wildlife in the exhibits. Weather may be chilly, so dress like a bear!

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in 2009 Richard Louv wrote a book titled “Last Child in the Woods.” This exposed a trend of children staying inside, plugged to their devices and not experiencing nature. Today, I think most Florida children are outside about 5 minutes a day away from school. This statistic is taking a toll on family mental and physical health and we want to change that!)

Earlier Event: October 31
Re-lighting the St. Marks Lighthouse Light