Become one with nature at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge

It’s Family Fun Week! First up, News 12’s Erin Colton visits the Quogue Wildlife Refuge for some peace and quiet – and some unique animals!

News 12 Long Island's Erin Colton visits the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

News 12 Long Island's Erin Colton visits the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. (7/15/13)

QUOGUE - It’s Family Fun Week! First up, News 12’s Erin Colton visits the Quogue Wildlife Refuge for some peace and quiet – and some unique animals!

Whether you just want to enjoy nature or you like to look at the unique animals, the Wildlife Refuge has something for everyone. At the Refuge’s nature center, you can get up close and personal with snakes, tortoises and even creepy crawlies, like spiders. All of the wildlife is part of the educational program, where people can learn about wildlife in the Pine Barrens, as well as all of the animals in the cages.

Also at the Refuge, a center where they house permanently injured wildlife. At the center, program director Marisa Nelson says they care for all of the wildlife.

But if unique animals aren’t your thing, you can just hike one of the many trails. The Wildlife Refuge is free and is open from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year. It has seven miles of trails on 300 acres of land. And because it is in the Pine Barrens, the temperature is slightly cooler in the hot summer months.

And what Wildlife Refuge center wouldn’t be complete without camp? The center offers a weekly camp program during the summer. The Summer Ecology Program has been running for approximately 44 years, Nelson says. And it is suitable for all ages from 4 years old to 18 years old.

Click on the gallery on the left for more videos about the Wildlife Refuge.

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