Environmental Education

Spanning a Tree

The Kodiak Refuge Visitor Center invites you to learn more about our fascinating ecosystem; beautiful exhibits, maps, and regularly scheduled activities are great ways to discover.  Our environmental education staff also prepares a wide variety of programs, curricula, and portable resources for teachers and classes.

  • FUN Backpacks


    Families Understanding Nature Backpacks are available for loan for up to a week.  You don’t have to be a family to check out and enjoy the benefits of the backpack!  Inside, nature CDs, children’s books, field guides, tidepool ID charts and Kodiak trail maps will prepare you for a fun adventure.

  • Junior Ranger Program

    Junior Ranger

    The Junior Ranger Program was launched in the summer of 2011.  Students can complete a Junior Ranger Activity Booklet to earn their badge and become an official part of the Kodiak Refuge team.  There is a version for 5-8 year olds and one for 9-12 year olds.  Currently you must complete the program in person at the Kodiak Refuge Visitor Center.  In the future we may have a web version.

  • Scavenger Hunts

    Scavenger Hunt

    Looking for something to do with your children? Bring them in to the Visitor Center for a fun and educational scavenger hunt!  We have versions for pre-K on up.  A small prize is awarded upon completion.

  • Salmon Camp

    Kids in woods

    The mission of Salmon Camp is to educate Kodiak’s youth about the natural and cultural systems that define Kodiak’s geography and empower learners to investigate their own connections to this special place through hands-on learning, self-reflection and group discovery.

    Registration for the camp is done through a lottery in March. After the lottery, any remaining spaces are available on a first come first served basis.

    Salmon Camp in 2021 will be a little different. Instead of week-long camps the Refuge is hosting drop-in Salmon Camp Days every Wednesday from 10am-12pm at Sargent Park.

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  • Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

    YCC platform

    The Kodiak Refuge hires high school students that have housing in the community of Kodiak each summer to work with our educators, biologists, rangers and maintenance staff in the Kodiak Refuge.  Through this experience the students are exposed to a variety of career fields in public lands.  

    Applications for the 2021 YCC crew are being accepted until June 2nd, 2021. The application and instructions can be found here

    Email the Kodiak Refuge Environmental Education Specialist with questions: michelle_lawson@fws.gov

  • Kodiak Refuge Youth Leadership (KRYL)


    This is a volunteer internship program for students in grades 7-12th to participate in Salmon Camp as instructor aides. This program provides opportunities for developing leadership skills as well as a deeper understanding of Kodiak Island. All volunteer interns will work directly with USFWS staff and Salmon Camp instructors.  Successful applicants must be available to work a full week of camp over the summer and have housing in the community of Kodiak. Contact Shelly Lawson for more information (907) 487-0283. 

  • FUN Program

    Fun kids

    The FUN program is designed for ages 3-5 and their families. During the winter, we meet every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. at the Visitor Center. Stories, songs, puppets, and crafts will be utilized for hands-on learning for little nature lovers on specific topics. The FUN program has been in existence since 1995.

  • Happy Trails

    Happy Trails in the park

    For explorers of all ages and their families. Saturdays from June-August we’ll have outdoor adventures for children of all ages and their families.  We meet at a different place each week.  Contact the Refuge Visitor Center for more details (907) 487-2626.

  • For Educators

    Habitat is where it is at

    There are two ways the Kodiak Refuge can be involved with your classroom:  Field trips to the Kodiak Refuge Visitor Center or classroom visits by our staff. To schedule a program for your students, please contact the Kodiak Refuge Education Specialist at (907) 487-0283.  The Refuge also has traveling education kits that can be checked out for use in your classroom.  For more information about school programs and kits, follow the link below

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