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KidsPageHi kids!  Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is an exciting place to explore the outdoors.  Check out the list of suggested activities below to help you get outside and enjoy YOUR National Wildlife Refuge!

Refuge Explorers Club
Send you child, age 8-12 years, to discover the refuge this summer with our Explorers Club.

 Check out a “Let’s Go Outside” backpack.  It contains fun items like bug jars, binoculars, and a magnifying lens.  Just ask a volunteer at the front desk and you can use it during your visit for FREE! 

Become a Junior Refuge Manager!  Earn a badge and certificate while you learn cool facts about the plants, birds, bugs, and other critters living on the refuge.  Download the activity booklet or pick one up at either visitor center.  Fill the booklet out and when you finish, you'll be a Junior Refuge Manager!

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program  Learn about wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation for students in kindergarten through high school. The program guides students, using scientific and wildlife observation principles, to communicate visually what they have learned through an entry into the Junior Duck Stamp art contest.  To learn about the Minnesota program, click here.

Nature Journals and Scavenger Hunts.  Download and print the activities listed below for your adventure at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.  Printed versions are also available at both of our visitor centers.

    Minnesota Valley NWR Trip Journal
    Animal Signs
    Bird Watching

Snowshoe, Bike, or Hike the Refuge! Discover the refuge in every season.  Both visitor centers have snowshoes you can borrow that fit the entire family.

Let’s Go Outside!  Check out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s web site connecting people to nature for MORE fun ideas!

Junior Birder Program.  Learn about birds and protecting them through conservation challenges and activities.  Complete the booklet with a supervising adult to earn a Junior Birder patch.  Booklets are available at both of our visitor centers.

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2014
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