Several events throughout the year have a "Just For Kids" (and their families) theme. Friends of Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (FOHBNWR) and Friends of the Dunes (FOD) heavily support programs for youth at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. From in-class presentations, field trips and school bus funding to special events, publications and educational materials, these refuge support groups ensure that children have ample opportunities to engage in exploration of the natural world. The visitor center has several hands-on activity stations for all ages and a cozy "Kids Corner" funded by FOHBNWR, with nature books, puzzles, displays and craft/coloring table.
Do you like scavenger hunts? Pick up a copy of our Quest "In Between" at the Visitor Center or download now.
It's one of many Redwood EdVentures Quests leading you through California's north coast natural areas. Visit Redwood EdVentures to learn more.
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The leafcutter bee (Megachile wheeleri) is one of the of specialized, solitary, ground-nesting bees that are crucial to the survival of our native dune mat community. The leafcutter bee, shown here pollinating dune goldenrod, cuts semi-circular pieces from goldenrod leaves and uses them to construct its nest cell. Native bees are gaining increased attention as pollinators due to the decline of the imported honey bee (Apis mellifera) through colony collapse disorder. Photo courtesy of Andrea Pickart.