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 2019**  Camp will only have one lead instructor this year, but all of our past volunteers will be helping with our adventures! This year we will host one age group per week and will have a larger class size.  We hope the lack of choices for dates is offset by the fact we can still take the same number of campers.  Please note the date changes by age group below and on the application/registration form.


    Cadet Camp (7th - 9th):  July 23-25

    Explores Camp (4th-6th grade) July 30-Aug 1

    Detective Camp (1st - 3rd)  August 6-8

    Sign up for this signature summer camp where children engage in outdoor adventure and hands-on nature activities that lead to a deeper appreciation of the natural world. Call the Education Coordinator for more information at 608-565-4403.

          2019 Application 

  • 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.