Just for Kids

Kids' Smiles

There are lots of fun activities for kids here at the refuge.  You can take part in guided programs that are scheduled on our activities calendar, or participate in self-guided activities like those listed here.  Although these activities are geared toward kids, adults have lots of fun too!  Just download and print the activity and take it with you when you come visit. Most files are in pdf. If you require a file in a different format, please call 510-792-0222 ext. 476.

  • Dia de Los Muertos

    Dia de los Muertos 2020

    Learn about Día de Los Muertos and Wildlife Conservation with a fun activity! Color your favorite wildlife refuge ambassador while you learn about who they are, where they live and what their current population status is today. Let's connect culture and conservation together! 

    Aprenda sobre Día de Los Muertos y Conservación de La Vida Silvestre con una actividad divertida! Coloree a su embajador favorito de refugio de vida silvestre mientras aprende sobre quiénes son, dónde viven y cuál es su estado actual de población hoy en día ¡ Juntos conectemos la cultura y la conservación!


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  • Nature Discovery Area

    Discovery Area Arbor

    Coming Soon!  This summer, look for our new Children's Discovery Area in front of the Visitor Center in Fremont that is being designed and built by youth and volunteers.  If you'd like to volunteer for our next work party on August 12, go to our registration page on Eventbrite.

    See some of our volunteer photos!

  • A Home for Salty

    Learning Units_Salty Pledge Graphic

    Join Ranger Genie and her children for a reading of A Home for Salty, by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, and Illustrated by, Diane Adams. Salty, the salt marsh harvest mouse, is looking for a habitat to call home. Salty has some misadventures along the edge of the Bay, and meets some interesting animals along the way. (Kinder – 3rd grade)

    Click here to see the 7-minute Youtube video. 

    Make your own board game and help Salty, the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse, traverse through different habitats and make it back home to its natural habitat, the Salt Marsh! (Kinder – 6th grade). 

    Click here to download the accessible PDF guide to create and play the game!

  • Jr. Refuge Ranger Activity Book

    Jr. Refuge Manager

    Learn about the refuge while participating in fun activities about the refuge.  Check out the exhibits, observe wildlife, and complete the puzzles.  Once completed, take the Junior Refuge Manager pledge and receive your button.

    Download the booklet for the Fremont site (4.4 MB, pdf)

    Download the booklet for the Alviso site (3.7 MB, pdf)

  • Get badged as a Junior Refuge Ranger though the Mail!

    Jr. Refuge Manager

    Even though we can't see you in person, you can work on your Junior Refuge Ranger badge from home! 

    Print or download your Junior Refuge Ranger booklet (Alviso). You may also pick up a booklet in the brochure rack at the Environmental Education Center (next to the front door).
    Join Ranger Hope and Ranger Rachel for a virtual tour of the salt marsh (See link below)! They will introduce you to the plants and animals that live in the salt marsh along the boardwalk in New Chicago Marsh. 
    Don't forget to follow along and take notes in your booklet as you explore!
     (Please note: this was filmed as a virtual live session with the Boys and Girls club in July 2020)
    After the tour you can get working on the other activities in the booklet! 
    Sections to be completed based on age.
    • Part A: All ages complete pages 2-6 
    • Part B: Starts on page 7 Ages 7 and under complete 2 activities Ages 8-10 complete 3 activities Ages 10 and up complete 4 activities
    • Part C (optional): Just for Fun activities start on page 16
    How to get your badge:
    1. Once you have completed your activities send us a photograph of ONE completed activity page and your filled out pledge on the las page of the booklet. 
    2. Email your photos to: sfbaynwrc@fws.gov  Please put Attn: Junior Refuge Ranger Program; In the email include your name, and address.
    3. You will receive your Junior Refuge Ranger badge in the mail!

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  • Refuge Coloring Book

    Don Edwards Coloring Book Cover

    Print out coloring pages of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  Color the scenes and wildlife that you may see on the refuge when you visit.

    Download the coloring book (2 MB, pdf).  Coloring book by Kirsten Wahlquist.