Just For Kids

Kids running with butterfly kites on refuge trail

Youth Game Warden Camp 

Youth Game Warden Camp is currently full, but we are still accepting registration packets for the waitlist.

Saturday, May 4, 9:30 am - 4:15 pm l Oak Savanna Learning Center
Current 5th & 6th Graders l $12 Registration Fee l Registrations must be received by April 22

Camp Flyer l Camp Registration Packet

Kids, can you imagine a job that allows you to investigate a wildlife forensic crime scene, use outdoor survival skills, help animals, and visit with people all in one day? That's the career of a Game Warden! 

At the camp, federal game wardens stationed throughout the Midwest serve as the group leaders and facilitators and will introduce the campers to a variety of fun, job-related activities. These activities include investigating and working a case for a wildlife forensic crime scene, exploring antlers, animal skulls and duck mounts, practicing archery, learning canoe and water safety, and meeting Canine Officer "Nate." At the end of the day, participants will not only gain insights into a Game Warden's job, but also an awareness and respect for Minnesota's natural resources.

Space is limited to 30 campers, and the spots will be given on a first come, first served basis. The registration fee includes lunch and a t-shirt to commemorate this fun-filled day! 


Check out a "Let's Go Outside" Backpack 

It contains fun items like bug jars, binoculars, and a magnifying lens. Just ask a volunteer or park ranger at the front desk and you can use it during your visit for FREE! 

Backpacks are available for checkout when the Refuge Headquarters is open (8 am - 4 pm, Monday - Friday) and must be returned the same day.


Take Photos out on the Refuge 

Practice your nature photography skills out on the refuge. You can submit one photo to the annual K-12 Photography Contest! See the flyer for details and prize information. If there is a recognizable minor in the contest entry, please fill out a a Photo Release form. For photography tips & tricks look through this slideshow and take notes on this handout

Additionally, you can submit photos from the refuge to sherburne@fws.gov and you could potentially see your work featured on our seasonal photo wall at Refuge Headquarters! 


Nature Journals 

Check out our For Educators page for nature journals and kid-friendly checklists to guide and document your outdoor explorations!


Every Kid in a Park 

Just finished fourth grade? You can earn a free pass to federal lands nationwide! Simply complete the voucher on the Every Kid in a Park Website and then bring it to Refuge Headquarters during business hours to get your pass. 


Coloring Books

Enjoy these coloring books by the National Wildlife Refuge System.


Junior Duck Stamp Program 

Learn about wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation for students in kindergarten through high school. The Junior Duck Stamp Art Program and Curriculum guides students, using scientific and wildlife observation principles, to communicate visually what they have learned through an entry into the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. To learn more about the Minnesota Program, click here.


Other Resources: 

Critter Cams - Eagles, Bears, Birds, Online wildlife viewing

Pollinator Partnership - Educational Resources 

BirdSleuth Explorer's Guide - K-12 Guidebook