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Calling All Outdoor Adventurers!

Are you between the ages of 8 and 12 years? 

Do you love learning about animals and the environment?

Do you want to know more about how we manage the refuge for all of the plants and animals that make their home here?

If so, we want YOU to be a Junior Refuge Manager! 

Getting Started...

Would you like to work at a National Wildlife Refuge? Perhaps you can become a biologist, a fire ecologist, a ranger, or even a refuge manager! It can be hard work managing a National Wildlife Refuge and protecting the wildlife that calls the refuge home!


First, you must learn about wildlife, their habitat, and how to protect them. You can start learning more today by completing the Junior Refuge Manager Activity Booklet

Click here to download the booklet or stop by the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to pick up a copy of the booklet.

Take the booklet along with you as you explore the refuge -- answers can be found in the visitor center, on the trails and out and about during your visit with us.

After you complete the activities in this booklet, return to the visitor center and a staff member or volunteer will review your answers with you. All qualifying Junior Refuge Managers will get a special badge and an award that will help them in their future outdoor adventures! Please bring your booklet into the visitor center no later than one hour before closing time.


What are you waiting for? Let's explore the refuge together! 

Note to adult companions: This is a family activity. Your assistance is needed; however, please allow the Junior Refuge Managers to answer in their own words.