Just For Kids

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A day on the prairie is a day full of discovery! Come visit the refuge and spark your sense of wonder!


Get outside and have some fun with your children! Here at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge there are a variety of activities to do:

  • Hike one of the nature trails
  • Explore the visitor center exhibits with an Explorer sheet
  • Try one of our outdoor scavenger hunts
  • Check out a "Let's Get Outside" backpack
  • Put on a show in our puppet theater
  • Relax with a book in our book nook
  • Take your favorite photo and enter it in our photography contest
  • Search for bison along the auto tour
  • Count how many birds you can find using our bird guide
  • Take a break for lunch at our indoor and outdoor eating areas

Below are several links to get you and your family having fun in the outdoors!

Coloring Books

Enjoy the many Fish and Wildlife Service coloring book publications too!  Many refuge offices have these available or you may download them here!

Wetlands Coloring Book - his book teaches about wetlands, the importance of wildlife refuges and the duck stamp program. There are many pictures to color and a place to draw your very own duck stamp. (USFWS publication)

Fish, Wildlife and People Coloring Book - A Mark Trail book that teaches you about taking care of our precious natural resources. There are many pictures to color as well as activity sheets, home projects and more. (USFWS publication)

National Wildlife Refuge System Coloring Book - A coloring book that explores the many special places, people and wildlife in our national wildlife refuge system, also available in Spanish! (USFWS publication)

Rachel Carson Coloring Book - Learn about Rachel Carson, leading female conservationist of our time and explore this activity book to discover neat facts and activities about wildlife! (USFWS publication)

Wildlife Champs Coloring Book - Do you know which bird dives the fastest or the biggest animal that eats meat? Meet lots of “wildlife champs” inside the pages of this coloring book, complete with a glossary and a map of the Refuge System (also available in Spanish). (USFWS publication)

Every Kid in A Park Pass

Free entry to federal recreational lands for 4th graders! All U.S. 4th graders can enjoy a free Every Kid in a Park pass good for free entry into our federal lands. This pass admits everyone in the family car! Just download the voucher from the website and exchange it for the card at federal recreation sites. Click on the link below for the website to download the voucher. 

Every Kid in a Park Website