Just For Kids

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B.O.F. Programs (Becoming an Outdoors-Family) Beginning in 2016 Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is excited to announce the Becoming an Outdoors-Family Program! B.O.F. is a series of different Saturday courses and workshops that focus on teaching basic outdoor skills to you and your family to help you enjoy nature and encourage you to spend more time outdoors. 

The courses taught vary greatly and cover everything from wilderness survival, to kayaking, and everything in between. Our goal is to reconnect families to the outdoors, to our Refuge, and to each other. Becoming an outdoors-family programs provide you with a safe and fun setting to learn new skills, improve skills you may already have, or pass important skills on to the next generation. All are welcome and all programs are free unless otherwise stated.

Each course will be taught by an expert instructor and will allow you and your family to learn the basics as well as gain hands on experience in an environment where questions are welcomed and fun is a given!
Check our 2016 Calendar of Events for a list of courses and the dates they will be offered. If you have any requests for a course please let us know. So find a course that inspires you to get outdoors and bring your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, brothers, and sisters and join us!


 Let's Go Outside backpacks can also be checked out at the visitor center. These adventure packs include tools for exploring nature like binoculars, field guides, bug jars and more.