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Just For Kids

KidsPageHi kids!  Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is an exciting place to explore the outdoors.  Check out the list of suggested activities below to help you get outside and enjoy YOUR National Wildlife Refuge!

Check out a "Let's Go Outside" backpack
It contains fun items like bug jars, binoculars, and a magnifying lens. Just ask a volunteer at the front desk and you can use it during your visit for FREE!  

Snowshoe, hike or watch wildlife on the refuge!
Discover the refuge in every season. Both visitor centers have snowshoes and binoculars you can borrow for FREE that fit the entire family. Please note: we need six inches of snow to check out snowshoes.

Become a Junior Refuge Manager!
Earn a badge and certificate while you learn cool facts about the plants, birds, bugs, and other critters living on the refuge. Download the activity booklet or pick one up at either visitor center. Fill the booklet out and when you finish, you'll be a Junior Refuge Manager!

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. To learn about the Minnesota program, click here.

Nature journals and scavenger hunts
Download and print the activities listed below for your adventure at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Printed versions are also available at both of our visitor centers.

    Minnesota Valley NWR Trip Journal
    Animal Signs
    Bird Watching 
    Winter Wildlife Signs

Check out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s website connecting people to nature for MORE fun ideas!

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2017
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