Just for Kids
The Refuge is a wondrous place of discovery for children to connect with nature and be healthy. There are a variety of activities to do during your visit any time of the year.
Visitor Center Discovery Room
Come discover the wild side of the Refuge through interactive displays, hands-on learning stations, animal arts and crafts for all ages, a puppet theater with animal puppets, and a painting station. The Young Explorer Adventure Zone is the perfect spot for toddlers to read a story and build with tree blocks. Every season, the room is transformed into a whole new experience for Refuge fun!
Explore the Refuge with our English or Spanish Explorer Backpacks full of nature games, wildlife activities and discovery tools for your Refuge adventure! Pick up the pack at the Visitor Center before you hit the trails. Free checkout with photo ID.
Use your detective skills and take a scavenger hunt challenge! No matter how you choose to explore the Refuge, there is a scavenger hunt for you. Honker's Scavenger Hunt is perfect for the Wildlife Drive, which is available at the Wildlife Drive kiosk. Every month, a new outdoor scavenger hunt can be found in the Visitor Center - rain or shine!
As the seasons change, the Refuge offers new sights and sounds for visitors to enjoy. Over nine miles of trails provide a variety of routes to choose to get out and move in nature. For families with young children, the Lake Mary trail offers a great hiking experience and has numerous rest stops along the way. Strollers are welcome. Click here for a Refuge Trail Map.
You can take the beauty of the Refuge with you through the lens of a camera. No matter the age or style of camera, photography is a wonderful way to capture your visit and preserve your memories. Click here for Tips & Tricks for the young photographer. For a kid photo checklist to print and bring along, click here Refuge Snapshot Checklist.
Try your luck at catch-and-release fishing during the Refuge fishing season from mid-April to mid-October on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Lake Mary features multiple piers and a floating boating boardwalk making it an ideal location for beginners.Learn More
BirdSluth Explorer's Guidebook
BirdSleuth has partnered with the National Wildlife Refuge System and the Every Kid in a Park initiative to bring you this exciting free resource. Go on a habitat scavenger hunt, create a sound map, and test your bird ID skills with this adaptable activity book designed to be used by families, school groups, and anyone looking for a fun way to connect to a national wildlife refuge. Geared towards fourth graders, this step-by-step guide will help you explore our country’s incredible national wildlife refuges by introducing you to their habitats and birds that live there. Click here for more information and to download the Guidebook.
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.
Page Photo Credits Child with Bug Jar - Kayla Cable/USFWS, Discovery Room - Melissa Van Dreese/USFWS, Refuge Explorer Backpack - Susan Drobniak/USFWS, Scavenger Hunt - © Heffernan Family, Photography Program - Melissa Van Dreese/USFWS, Refuge Fishing at Lake Mary - USFWS
Last Updated: Mar 10, 2017