A week of exciting events to showcase your wildlife refuge. Events include: Tuesday, October 15 - Nature-inspired arts. A display from local artists with a chance to meet and chat with the artists. ALL DAY. 1:00-2:30 Nature journaling and sketching with Deb Biechler. (Meet at the Visitor Center and head out on the refuge to write and sketch in nature. Those who wish can return to the center to share their experience.) Wednesday, October 16 - 1:00-2:30 Explore Shinrin-yoku. The Japanese practice of immersing your senses in the forest to reduce stress and improve immune function. Dress for the weather .Among Trees - A guided journal for forest bathing ($18.95) will be available for purchase. Current friends members and workshop attendees receive a 10% discount. Thursday, October 17 - 10:30 AM Dr. Karen Oberhauser, biologist, author, and educator will talk about her role as a research biologist and proponent of citizen science. She is the former director of the Monarch lab at the University of Minnesota and current director of the Arboretum in Madison, WI. 12:00 - 1:00 Friends of Necedah National WIldlife Refuge potluck. Beverages provided. Friday, October 18 - 1:00 - 2:00 Cranes Around the World presentation by Jeannie VanVianen and staff from the International Crane Foundation. Desserts available. Saturday, October 19 - 10:00 -11:00 Mark Pfost will present on Wetlands and wetlands restoration. Find out about and be inspired by recently completed projects. Saturday is Family Day at the refuge. From 10:00 - 2:00 enjoy a variety of on-going activities that include birds, nature art, a scvenger hunt and more. At 11:30. celebrate NNWR's 80th birthday with cake while supplies last.