Drew Slegers, a fourth grader at Soldotna Elementary, snowshoes on Headquarters Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge just outside of Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. The refuge is offering spring break snowshoe walks for kids. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Drew Slegers, a fourth grader at Soldotna Elementary, snowshoes on Headquarters Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge just outside of Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. The refuge is offering spring break snowshoe walks for kids. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Refuge offering spring break walks for kids

Guided walks will be held daily for those 8 years and older from Tuesday through Saturday of next week

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is hosting special guided walks next week for kids and families in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District who are on spring break.

Leah Eskelin, the visitor center manager at the refuge, said Thursday that the guided walks next week are a great alternative to staying at home for the majority of spring break.

“Even though we have had a lot of snow, the trails are groomed,” she said.

Guided walks will be held daily for those 8 years and older from Tuesday through Saturday of next week from noon to 1:30 p.m. daily. On Friday and Saturday, there will also be a special easy walk for beginners from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Eskelin said the rangers wanted to give an opportunity for kids to take it slower on Friday and Saturday.

“Sometimes kids need more time,” she said.

Pre-registration for the 2-mile treks are required, and depending on weather snowshoes or ice cleats will be provided for those who need them. To register, call the refuge at 907-260-2820.

In addition to next week’s refuge happenings, there will also be more programming coming up this spring for the 80th anniversary of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

“There’ll be a lot of different things people can participate in on their own time,” Eskelin.

The details are still in the works, she said, so in the meantime people are always welcome to take self-guided tours of the trail system.

“Our trails are always open,” Eskelin said.

Reach reporter Camille Botello at camille.botello@peninsulaclarion.com.

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