A variety of tours, nature programs, bird watching events and free admission opportunities are planned at the national wildlife refuge between Smyrna and Dover

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a variety of special programs this month including free admission opportunities.

The refuge is located at 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, off of Route 9, about five miles southeast of Smyrna and two miles northeast of Leipsic.

The wildlife drive is open daily from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. The Visitor Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Here are the special programs:

Tuesday, Sept. 18

•Free admission for ages 1-5 and parents/guardians, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children from 1-5 are developing cognitive skills, and being in nature can expose them to sights and sounds that might go unnoticed in their everyday setting. Take your child on the wildlife drive, walk a trail, climb a tower, read a nature book and look at wildlife exhibits in the visitor center.

Saturday, Sept. 22

•Free admission for all. To celebrate National Public Lands Day, the $4 entrance fee will be waived.

•Incredible Insects, from 7-9 p.m. Join entomologist Anthony Gonzon for a presentation about the incredible and sometimes annoying insects of Bombay Hook. After a brief presentation in the auditorium, the group will go out near the woods, where a bright light and white sheet will be set up to see nocturnal insects. Long-sleeved shirts and long pants recommended.

Sunday, Sept. 23

•Tours of the Refuge, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and also 1:30-3 p.m. Join volunteer Ray Cullom for a tour and find out how the refuge is managed, visit different habitats and walk a trail. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Friday, Sept. 28

•Your First Visit to Bombay Hook Tour, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn about the refuge’s history, why it is here and how it is managed for wildlife. Find out about bird migration at the refuge, identify birds and walk a trail. Space is limited. Call to register, (302) 653-9345 or email tina_watson@fws.gov.

Sunday, Sept. 30

•Tours of the Refuge, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and also 1:30-3 p.m. Join volunteer Ray Cullom for a tour and find out how the refuge is managed, visit different habitats and walk a trail. Meet at the Visitor Center.