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The National Elk Refuge is a wonderful place for children to exerience the outdoors. From interactive visitor center displays to wintertime sleigh ride bingo, activities are available to appeal to children and families.

  • Jr. Blue Goose Ranger Program

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    The Blue Goose is the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Children can earn a Blue Goose patch by exploring the exhibits in the visitor center and completing a Jr. Blue Goose Ranger booklet. Ask at the visitor center for details.

  • Sleigh Ride Bingo

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    Winter guests can enjoy a game of bingo to entertain them while on a sleigh ride, using their observation skills to spot various objects and animals during the tour. Successful participants can choose from an assortment of prizes.

  • Let's Go Outside!

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    Let's Go Outside! is an U.S. Fish & Wildlife program and partner, encouraging kids to spend time in nature. The Let's Go Outside website is an excellent source for outdoor activity ideas to be enjoyed by children and families.

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  • America's Great Outdoors

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    President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative to develop a 21st Century conservation and recreation agenda. AGO takes as its premise that lasting conservation solutions should rise from the American people – that the protection of our natural heritage is a non-partisan objective shared by all Americans. AGO recognizes that many of the best ideas come from outside of Washington. Instead of dictating policies, this initiative turns to communities for local, grassroots conservation initiatives. Instead of growing bureaucracy, it calls for reworking inefficient policies and making the Federal Government a better partner with states, tribes, and local communities.

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