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Have you ever visited a National Wildlife Refuge, held a wild duck, or learned about wildlife and native plants?  

Visit Let's Go Outside for cool, fun outdoor things you can do on your own, with your friends, classroom or family! Enjoy the 'Book of Stuff,' which has everything from from scavenger hunts to matching animal tracks to creating a nature collage. Learn how to play Car Bingo and become a Wildlife Watch Explorer. You'll find these fun nature-related projects and a lot more!


Other fun Activities:

  1. Check out a “Let’s Go Outside” backpack: It contains fun items like bug jars, binoculars, and magnifying lens. Just ask our staff at the front desk and you can use it during your visit for FREE!
  2. Watch the clouds go by: Lay down on your back in the tall, tall grasses and look up the clouds. Describe their shapes and watch their shadows move across the prairie.
  3. Search for scents: Act like a prairie animal and search for delicious scents on the prairie! Smell flowers, leaves and seeds. Smell the earthy scents of grasses and sage brush.  And if you are extra careful, bend down to smell how sweet a cactus smells.
  4. Listen and sing a prairie song: Sit down in the grass for 3 minutes. Do not make a peep. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you. Are insects buzzing? Frogs calling? Birds singing? Wind blowing? After listening, join the choir. What is your sound? What song does the animal inside of you want to sing?
  5. Petting zoo: No, we don’t have animals for you to pet- prairie animals are wild! But we do have plants that need some love! Walk through the prairie and let your fingers dangle at your side. Feel all the different plants around you. Notice how grasses all  have different seed heads on top and the different sizes.  What about flowers?  Can you find and feel at least 3 different kinds of flower petals?
  6. Share your discoveries: Tell us what you found! We want to know! And let your friends know about the prairie by telling them a story, writing down your discoveries, or drawing a picture.