Just For Kids

Cattail moustaches

Along with milk and vegetables, kids need a steady diet of rocks and bugs.  And cattails.


Borrow a “Let’s Go Outside” backpack. It contains fun items like bug jars, binoculars, and a magnifying lens. Just ask at the Visitor Center's front desk and you can use it during your visit for FREE!

 Join the Jr. Friends of the PWLC -- for kids in 6th grade through high school.  Participate in activities that make a difference for the PWLC like removing invasive species, nature photography, constructing the burrow in the barn, educating others, and many more opportunities.  Call the PWLC at 218-998-4489 to sign-up.

Snowshoe, Ski, or Hike the Trails! Discover nature's surprises and beauty in every season and in all types of weather. Bring snowshoes or skis to explore in winter.  Trails are not groomed.  Wear comfortable shoes in summer or rubber boots in the rain.

Nature Photography -- bring your camera and take pictures of the world around you, including the prairie, wetlands, and amazing beauty and surprises they contain.  Find helpful nature photography tips here.  

Coloring Books Enjoy these coloring books by the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Neighborhood Explorers - Lets Go Outside.  Join the fun in this online game.

BirdSleuth Explorer's Guide - K-12 Guidebook.  Go on a habitat scavenger hunt, create a sound map, and test your bird identification skills.  It's free!  Bring it with you when you visit the PWLC and use it outside on the trails for exciting adventures!

Junior Duck Stamp Program Learn about wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation for students in kindergarten through high school. The program guides students, using scientific and wildlife observation principles, to communicate visually what they have learned through an entry into the Junior Duck Stamp art contest. Learn about the Jr. Duck Stamp.

Every Kid in a Park 4th graders and 10 year olds in home schools can earn a free pass to Federal Parks, Refuges, and other recreational lands across the USA.  Simply complete the voucher at the Every Kid in a Park website then bring it during business hours to a National Park or National Wildlife Refuge that charges an entry fee to get your pass.  It is good for one year until August 31 and is worth $80!!!  Having the pass gives you and your family free entry to parks and refuges that charge an entrance fee.  Woo hoo!

Let’s Go Outside! Check out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s web site connecting people to nature for MORE fun ideas!