Just for Kids

S.T.O.K.E.D. Programming at WVA

 “We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

  • Montana Junior Duck Stamp Program

    2009 Montana Jr. Duck Stamp Best of Show

     "Have you ever wondered what makes you look up whenever you hear or see a V-shaped flock of geese going north or south? Is it just the sight or sound, or is it a deeper feeling about the changing seasons? Why do people like to watch ducks or swans swimming in city parks? Is it their graceful swimming and diving, or just the kaleidoscope of color and movement? And why do people ooh and aah when they see the little duckling fuzzballs following their mothers? There is something magnetic about waterfowl that draws the attention and the imagination of both city dwellers and people who live in the country."

    Learn to explore, investigate, write/draw and finally share a new knowledge of ducks with your friends by reading the Youth Guide to the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program (10 MB pdf file). You can also go to the Montana Junior Duck Stamp Program webpage (click on "learn more" below) for even more detailed information. 

    Click on the links for the 2014 Montana Junior Duck Stamp Contest Results in the form of a written description and scanned first, second, third place entries uploaded to Flickr. Now that you have seen how beautiful and great these drawings are, learn for yourself "How to Draw a Duck".


    “Beauty is truth, truth beauty—that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know” (Ode on a Grecian Urn, poem ending by John Yeats, 1819).

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  • Let's Go Outside Journal & Backpack

    "Let's Go Outside"

    Kids, imagine feeling happy, good and improving your ability to learn and think better without taking a pill. Even better, this activity has no side effects beyond getting wet and dirty at times. What are we recommending? Technically, it is called "interacting with nature" by adults, but to you it is "going outside". Scientists have found many benefits to activities that involve nature, like better health and learning. What activities can you do outside? Well, if you and Mom/Dad stop by the Refuge Visitor Center you can borrow the official Let's Go Outside backpack. It is full of tools to explore nature and has activities to do using the Let's Go Outside journal. You will have fun, especially doing the Scavenger Hunt.

    If you click on the "learn more" link you will discover more fun online. Yes, some of the activities can be done at home or here on the Refuge...with your family! Check out our Trails, the Kids Fishing Clinic, Montana Junior Duck Stamp program and the Refuge Visitor Center for great outside experiences.

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  • Refuge Trails

    Kenai Nature Trail bridge over Education Pond

     The Refuge has five miles of trail through forest, grassland, wetland. You can discover all sorts of plant and animal life when hiking...like the owl relatives of "Hedwig" (the snowy owl companion of Harry Potter) or any of the other bird species present which are descendants of ancient dinosaurs. How cool is that? Each plant and animal present has a story; you can explore, investigate all and create a story/drawing to share with your friends and family. As John Muir said: "The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness."

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  • Visitor Center

    Visitor Center exhibit on Horns vs. Antlers

    Close-up looks, in some cases touch and feel, of plant and animals make the Refuge Visitor Center a great place to visit. Collections of furs, antlers, horns, feathers and taxidermy will allow you to learn about nature by comparing: what they are made of versus what you are made of. You will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of wildlife.

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  • Kids Fishing Clinic

    Kids Fishing Clinic participant

    "Hunting, fishing, drawing, and music occupied my every moment. Cares I knew not, and cared naught about them" (John James Audubon, who became America's most famous ornithologist). So yes, fishing is a good way to become familiar with nature and the outside. We invite you to participate in this event...it is so much fun! Click on the "learn more" below for more information.

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