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Just for Kids

Girl with bug jar inspecting insect inside

 The Refuge is a wondrous place of discovery for children to connect with nature and be healthy. There are a variety of activities to do during your visit any time of the year.

  • Visitor Center Discovery Room

    Discovery Room explorer station with books and activities for kids

    Come discover the wild side of the Refuge through interactive displays, hands-on learning stations, and animal arts and crafts for all ages. The Young Explorer Adventure Zone is the perfect spot for toddlers to read a story, build with tree blocks or play with the Discovery Shelf. Every season, the room is transformed into a whole new experience for Refuge fun.

  • Activity Backpacks

    Contents of Refuge Explorer backpacks that includes games, guide books, activities and bug jar

    Explore your National Wildlife Refuge with one of our activity backpacks – "Let’s Go Outside" or "Refuge Explorer". Each backpack provides naturalist tools and fun activities for enhancing your visit. Stop by the Visitor Center information desk to check out one of these free activity backpacks.

  • Scavenger Hunts

    Grandfather and grandson working on the visitor center scavenger hunt in the visitor center lobby

    Use your detective skills and take a scavenger hunt challenge! No matter how you choose to explore the Refuge, there is a scavenger hunt for you. Honker's Scavenger Hunt is perfect for the Wildlife Drive, which is available at the Wildlife Drive kiosk. Every month, a new outdoor scavenger hunt can be found in the Visitor Center - rain or shine! 

  • Hiking

    Family with young children hiking a Refuge trail

    As the seasons change, the Refuge offers new sights and sounds for visitors to enjoy. Over nine miles of trails provide a variety of routes to choose to get out and move in nature. For families with young children, the Lake Mary trail offers a great hiking experience and has numerous rest stops along the way. Strollers are welcome. Click here for a Refuge Trail Map.

  • Photography

    Teen with camera taking a closeup photograph or a Refuge wildflower

    You can take the beauty of the Refuge with you through the lens of a camera. No matter the age or style of camera, photography is a wonderful way to capture your visit and preserve your memories. Click here for Tips & Tricks for the young photographer. For a kid photo checklist to print and bring along, click here Refuge Snapshot Checklist.

  • Fishing

    Father and son fishing at the Lake Mary pier

    Try your luck at catch-and-release fishing during the Refuge fishing season from mid-April to mid-October on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Lake Mary features multiple piers and a floating boating boardwalk making it an ideal location for beginners.

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  • Let's Go Outside

    Let's go outside logo

    Let’s Go Outside! is a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service program created to get more nature in your kids! For more information, check out the Let’s Go Outside website.

Page Photo Credits — Child with Bug Jar - Kayla Cable/USFWS, Discovery Room - Melissa Van Dreese/USFWS, Refuge Explorer Backpack - Susan Drobniak/USFWS, Scavenger Hunt - © Heffernan Family, Photography Program - Melissa Van Dreese/USFWS, Refuge Fishing at Lake Mary - USFWS, Go Wild! Summer Camp - Kelsey Cable/USFWS
Last Updated: Jun 19, 2014
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