Erie National Wildlife Refuge is offering a free program for children who want to be a part of the fast growing world of birding. Obtain a copy of the "Let's Go Birding" booklet from the refuge office or download it by clicking here (2.33MB PDF).
Once you complete the activities, turn in the booklet to receive an embroidered "Let's Go Birding" patch (like the one above), a certificate of participation and have your picture taken to be added to Erie National Wildlife Refuge Wall of Fame.
You’re Invited to Explore Erie National Wildlife Refuge. The “Nature Explorer Program” turns children into nature detectives who must complete tasks or answer questions about the refuge.
Obtain a copy of the "Nature Explorer" booklet from the refuge office or download it by clicking here (155KB PDF) and start exploring. Once you complete the activities, turn in the booklet to receive an embroidered "Nature Explorer" patch (like the one above), and a certificate of participation.
Another fun way to earn a patch is to complete our "Refuge-Caching" booklet. Like geocaching, "Refuge-Caching" uses a GPS to locate coordinates to virtual caches on the Erie National Wildlife Refuge.
You can either use your own navigational equipment or you can borrow a GPS unit from our visitor's center during office hours. Follow the coordinates to different sites on the refuge that will help you to answer the questions in the booklet. After completing the requirements bring your booklet and answers to the headquarters to get your patch, certificate of completion, and picture taken for the wall of fame.
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