Just for Kids

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 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.

  • Junior Ranger Program

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    Earn your Junior Ranger badge! Download the booklet or stop by the Visitor Center Information Desk and pick up your Junior Ranger booklet. Complete at least 4 activity pages to earn your official Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Junior Ranger badge. 

    Junior Ranger Booklet - English 
    Junior Ranger Booklet - Spanish

  • Visitor Center Discovery Room

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    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! This room is temporarily closed. 

  • Scavenger Hunts

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    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. Every month, a new outdoor scavenger hunt can be found in the Visitor Center - rain or shine!

  • Hiking

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    As the seasons change, the Refuge offers new sights and sounds for visitors to enjoy. More than 10 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.

  • Photography

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    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.

  • BirdSleuth Explorer's Guidebook

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    BirdSleuth wants to help get kids outside and enjoying their local parks and natural areas. Take kids 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 nature. Inspired by the federal Every Kid in a Park initiative and geared towards fourth graders, this step-by-step guide will help you explore our country’s diverse habitats and birds that live there. Click here for more information and to download the Guidebook.