The second Saturday of July event had nearly 200 people in attendance.

All summer the staff of Sullys Hill National Refuge have been featuring special afternoons of “fun with science” the second Saturday of each month.

The second Saturday of July event had nearly 200 people in attendance. It was a busy, enthusiastic and energetic afternoon at the waters edge and in the visitor center. Presentations as well as a variety of hands-on wetland activities were offered for all ages.  This is a theme they certainly plan to bring back again.

Aug. 12 will be the Second Saturday and it looks to be equally as much fun. The focus of this Saturday’s “Fun with Science” will be Native Plants at Sullys Hill.

How many native plants can you find and identify at Sullys Hill?  Wild bergamot (bee balm), rough blazing star, purple coneflower, yellow coneflower, purple prairie clover, black-eyed susan and maximilian sunflower are just some of the wildflowers now in bloom.

There will be interpreted wagon tours beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sign up starts at noon at the sign in table near the parking lot, the tours begin at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and will be conducted by Wildlife Biologist Mark Fisher and student intern, Sarah Sherwood.

Also starting at 12:30 p.m. the staff and volunteers from Cankdeska Cikana Community College will be staffing a booth on Native Plants and Traditional Uses.

They hope to teach attendees of all ages about edible plants, historical uses and cultural significance of native plants. If you are interested in this or might have any questions, bring them with you when you come on Saturday.

Also between 1 and 4 p.m. there will be kid-friendly family activities like a native plant scavenger hunt. Bring your cameras or phones to take pictures of your discoveries.

Field guides will be available for purchase at the Nature Store inside the Visitors Center.

Also, don’t forget the Sullys Hill Photo Contest. Send your best photo shots from Sullys Hill.

The contest dates are September 2016 - August 2017, entries must be received by 4 p.m. Aug. 31.

To download a complete brochure with rules and entry form go to their Facebook page.

Entries may be submitted by email to, but must include a copy of the completed entry form.

Visitor center hours are Wednesday through Sunday 12 - 4 p.m. and with the help of volunteers, they have added extended hours on Thursday evenings (staying open until 7 p.m.) and Mondays 12 - 4 p.m.