Just For Kids


An exciting outdoor world awaits kids at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Bring along your favorite adult and let the adventure begin!

  • Visitor Center Exhibits


    Come discover the wild side of the refuge through interactive displays, hands-on learning stations, and an indoor wildlife observation window, fun for all ages.

  • Activity Backpacks


    Explore your National Wildlife Refuge with one of our "Let’s Go Outside" activity backpacks. Each backpack provides naturalist tools and fun activities for enhancing your visit. Stop by the Visitor Center front desk to check out one of these free activity backpacks.

  • Scavenger Hunts


    Use your detective skills and take a scavenger hunt challenge! Explore the refuge by foot, snowshoe, or even with a camera to discover the wonder of wildlife. Each season, a new outdoor scavenger hunt can be found in the Visitor Center – rain or shine!

  • Hiking


    As the seasons change, the Refuge offers new sights and sounds for visitors to enjoy. Over eight miles of trails provide a variety of routes to choose from, allowing families to get out and move in nature. For families with young children, the Visitor Center trail offers a great hiking experience, has rest stops along the way, and is stroller friendly. Click here for Refuge Trail Maps.

  • Eco Explorers Summer Camp (Grades 1-9)


    Naturalist-led day camps will introduce campers to the diverse wildlife and habitats found at Necedah NWR. Camp is full of fun activities from hiking and photography, to nature crafts, games, and more! 

    Cadet Campers (7th – 9th graders) are introduced to the wild inner workings of ecosystems and biology. Cadets will observe, sketch, dissect, sample, create art and more. 

    Detective (1st-3rd grade) and Explorers (4th - 6th grade)will be divided into upper and lower elementary groups during this 3-day camp, as they observe, explore, capture, and create memories at Necedah NWR.   

    **Changes to 2021**  Eco Explorers Summer Camp will not be held this year. Look at Nature's Adventure Packs for the alternative. For any questions contact us at: necedah@fws.gov or 608-565-2551

  • Nature Adventure Packs

    live your wild adventure pack with blue mailbox

    We have Nature's Adventure Packs for families and groups to pick up starting in June and continuing over the summer! Pick them up and spend some time on the refuge, or for those of you not able to visit the refuge they are all things you can do locally in your outdoor space too.

    These packets are designed by naturalists to have the activity guide in your hand to explore with. Every other week there will be a different adventure, activity, DIY kits and more available in your very own designated mailbox for pickup at the refuge! We will still be here to check in with for questions or share your adventure stories with when you return.

    If you are interested in participating, we will need to know your group name, how many are in your group, and ages. To sign up, contact us at: necedah@fws.gov or 608-565-2551
    Can’t visit? We can email activities to you for an adventure in your backyard.

    What to expect with the set up - outside of the visitor center there will be a bank of blue mailboxes with participants/group names on them. In these mailboxes we will be able to leave your activities, materials, or items to borrow. A mailbox does work both ways - your group can also leave notes, observations, or questions for the rangers! We will send back answers and the next activity every other week. As we have people sign up we will send out more information to help those interested get started.

  • Jr. Duck Stamp Contest


    Attention young artists in grades K-12: put your art skills to the test by submitting renderings of waterfowl into Wisconsin’s annual Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. All Wisconsin students in public, private, or homeschool are eligible to complete in this contest. Entries due annually by March 15th.


    Download entry forms, eligible species lists, and view the complete contest rules at the Federal Jr. Duck Stamp website.

  • Let’s Go Outside


    Let’s Go Outside! is a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service program created to get more nature in your kids! For more information, check out the Let’s Go Outside website.