Just For Kids


Getting started down a path of nature exploration and discovery is easy at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Our Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center serves as a launchpad for wildlife-centered recreation.

  • Junior Refuge Ranger Camp


    Junior Ranger Campers explore nature through outdoor activities such as canoeing, fishing, wildlife observation, hiking, and helping with habitat restoration projects. Camp is held during St. Tammany Parish schools spring break and will take place at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Headquarters in Lacombe, LA and at Big Branch Marsh and Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuges.

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  • Junior Ranger Discovery Pack


    Stop by the Bayou Lacombe Center in Lacombe and check out a Junior Ranger Discovery Pack! These packs contain adventure materials that will help you explore the exhibits, trails and bayou at the Visitor Center and grounds.

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  • National Wildlife Refuges Coloring Books

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    Download a printable National Wildlife Refuge coloring book, English (2.5 MB PDF).
    Download a printable National Wildlife Refuge coloring book, Spanish (2.5 MB PDF).

  • Wilderness Explorer Activity Book

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    This activity booklet is designed for exploring wilderness, either at a wilderness nearby or one you are visiting. Activities are geared for ages 8 and up. After you complete the activity booklet, print off your Wilderness Explorer certificate. (380 KB PDF)

    Download a Wilderness Explorer Activity Book at this link.(3.8 MB PDF) 

  • Junior Duck Stamp


    The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program uses art and science to teach K-12th grade students about the value of wetlands and waterfowl. Through a multidisciplinary education curriculum and a national art contest, students explore topics covering waterfowl, wetland habitat, and ways to conserve both.

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