Just For Kids

Kids running with butterfly kites on refuge trail

Junior Refuge Ranger

Become a Junior Refuge Ranger by completing five of the activities! Download the booklet or pick up a printed copy from the kiosk in front of Refuge Headquarters.
Printing the whole booklet: Junior Refuge Ranger Booklet

Printing a page: Junior Refuge Ranger Booklet

After completing the activities, email sherburne@fws.gov to coordinate pickup of your Junior Refuge Ranger keychain!

Summer Scavenger Hunts

Get outside in your backyard, neighborhood or at the refuge and use your observation skills!
All Ages:

K - 2nd Grade:

3rd - 5th Grade:

6th - 8th Grade:


Get Behind the Lens (or Phone!) 

Practice your nature photography skills out on the refuge. You can submit two photos to the annual K-12 Photography Contest! Submissions are due by October 8, 2021. For photography tips & tricks look through this slideshow.

Youth Photography Contest Flyer and Entry Form

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 Outdoors

Are you in fourth grade or have you just finished fourth grade? You can earn a free pass to federal lands nationwide! Simply complete the voucher on the Every Kid Outdoors 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