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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 the Refuge with our English or Spanish Explorer Backpacks full of nature games, wildlife activities and discovery tools for your Refuge adventure! Pick up the pack at the Visitor Center before you hit the trails. Free checkout with photo ID.

  • 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
Last Updated: Dec 02, 2014
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