St. Marks National Reserve Wildlife, Heritage, & Outdoor Festival

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If you’re looking for plans for this weekend, make it over to Wakulla County for the St. Marks National Wildlife Reserve “WHO” Wildlife Heritage and Outdoor Festival! There will be fun hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.

The festival kicks off February 6th at 11:00am and will go until 4:00pm. There will be live music by Hot Tamale, live animals, awesome contests all day, food for purchase, and exploration of camp “WHO.”

Event Details

  • When: February 6, 2016 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
  • Food for Purchase: Bradley’s Sausages, All Beef Hot Dogs, Sodas, & Chips
  • Live Music: by Hot Tamale
  • Animals: Come see Live Native Animals
  • Demo Camp: Kids can come explore Camp “WHO”

Duck Calling Contest

There will be an awesome Youth Duck & Turkey Calling Contest that begins at 1:30. Thanks to our event sponsors, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Bass Pro Shops of Tallahassee! Be sure to sign up by phone or at the festival information table prior to 1:00 pm. Division 1 will have ages 10 and under, and Division 2 will have ages 11-17.

Festival Exhibitors

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Children’s Activities, Bird Activities, & Camp WHO (kids demo campsite)
  • Apalachee Audubon: Kid’s Hands On Activities, Free Publications & More
  • Bass Pro Shop of Tallahassee: Great Outdoor Information for Our Area
  • Cast Net Throwing: Net Throwing Demonstrations
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Come See How You Measure up to Various Birds
  • Ducks Unlimited: Great Info Display with Decoys & Co-Sponsor of Duck Calling Contest
  • Florida Big Bend Flyfishers, Inc: Fly Fishing Demonstrations – Sign up for Info on Youth Workshop
  • Florida Forest Service: Great Info & Giveaway Items
  • Florida State Univ. & Tall Timbers Research Station: Coloring Books, Nests, & Nuthatch Info.
  • FWC Bear Management: Be a Bear Activity on How a Bear Survives
  • FYCCN Florida Youth Conservation Center Network: Youth Archery & Bowfishing (Must be 6 years old or older to participate)
  • Get Outdoors Florida: Backyard Bass Activity – Display and Information
  • Hot Tamale: Live Music from Noon – 3:00pm
  • National Wild Turkey Federation: Come Learn about the Eastern Wild Turkey & Co-Sponsor of Turkey-Calling Contest
  • Operation Migration: Whooping Crane Information
  • Panhandle Archeological Society at Tallahassee: Informative Brochures
  • San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park: Invasive/Exotic Game
  • St. Marks NWR Photo Club: Check Out what the Photo Club has to Offer all Ages
  • St. Marks NWR Fire Crew: Fun for the Kids!
  • St. Marks Refuge Association: Membership Information & Migratory Bird Flyways
  • St. Marks Grill Team: Bradley’s Sausage & Hot Dogs
  • Tallahassee Museum: Live Birds & Other Animal Activities
  • Tallahassee Woodcrafters: Woodworking Demo & Knives Sharpened Free
  • USCG Auxiliary Apalachee Bay Floritilla: Boat Safety & Information
  • USFWS Migratory Bird Program: Presentation in the Barred Owl Room at 12:30
  • US Forest Service, National Forests in Florida: Come see Woodsy the Owl & Get Info on Forests

All Day Events

  • Collector Decoys on Display in the Barred Owl Room
  • Wood Carving in the Monarch Room
  • Bird Button Display in the Monarch Room
  • Art Contest Entries in the Monarch Room

This Year’s Sponsors

  • St. Marks Refuge Association
  • Bass Pro Shop of Tallahassee
  • Ducks Unlimited & National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Apalachee Audubon

Contact the St Marks National Wildlife Refuge at (850) 925-6121 or by visiting their website today.