NWR: Junior Ranger Badges and Other Educational Programs Available in Over 560 National Wildlife Refuges!

Click HERE for a List of Over 560 National Wildlife Refuges By State!


There are many educational resources and programs available through the National Wildlife Refuge System as administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Some are very similar to the collection of National Park Service Junior Ranger Badge Programs.

Many National Wildlife Refuges have their own Junior Ranger, Junior Wildlife Ranger, and/or Junior Refuge Manager Programs. Be sure to ask a Ranger or Refuge employee if they have a Badge Program when you arrive!

Many National Wildlife Refuges also have other downloadable programs you can print and complete at home.

Some printable programs are just for fun. Certain Refuge locations may issue real badges through the mail. Other Refuges may require an in-person visit to award actual badges.

Your best best is to directly contact each individual Refuge for their current policies and badge availability.

Many NWR Visitor Centers will also have other assorted educational materials you can pick up while visiting the Refuge.

Wildlife Checklists, scavenger hunts, species information, hiking trails, and lots of other fun ideas!

Another GREAT tool for keeping kids interested in visiting National Wildlife Refuges is the Blue Goose Passport Program!

Also similar to the National Park Service Cancellation Stamp Program, you can collect a stamp in the Visitor Center at almost all of the 566+ National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Centers!

The Blue Goose Passport Book is a fun place to collect all those stamps, and it gives you a little information on the location and purpose of each NWR unit!

Here, we are providing a few links to some of these programs and materials.

Whether you are visiting a local Wildlife Refuge, traveling to explore different habitats and protected species, or simply learning about nature from the comfort of your own home, we hope some of these tools may help add value to your homeschool or roadschool experience!

And let us know if you have any favorites, or suggestions for resources we don’t have listed!

ENJOY!


List of National Wildlife Refuges By State


Blue Goose Passport Program


FREE Downloadable Educational Resources!


Junior Ranger Programs

Let’s Go Fishing Junior Ranger Book

Let’s Go Fishing Junior Ranger Badge


Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Junior Refuge Ranger Program


Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Junior Wildlife Ranger Booklet


Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Oasis in the Desert
Junior Ranger Adventure Booklet


Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Alviso National Wildlife Refuge

Junior Refuge Ranger Adventure Booklet


Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Fremont National Wildlife Refuge

Junior Refuge Ranger Adventure Booklet


Joaquin Miller Park

Junior Wildlife Ranger Activity Booklet


Rappahannock National Wildlife Refuge

Junior Wildlife Ranger Activity Booklet


San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Junior Wildlife Ranger

Ridgeway’s Rail Adventure Book


Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge

Junior Wildlife Ranger Activity Booklet


Junior Refuge Ranger of Southern Nevada


Guardabosques junior de refugios del sur de Nevada


Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Junior Ranger Activity Book


Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Junior Ranger Coloring Book


Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

Junior Wildlife Ranger Nature Journal


Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Junior Birder Activity Booklet


DeSoto Junior Refuge Manager

Montezuma Junior Refuge Manager
Ages 5 – 7


Montezuma Junior Refuge Manager
Ages 8 – 10


Montezuma Junior Refuge Manager
Ages 11+


Assorted FREE Downloadable Materials!

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program Art and Nature Curriculum Materials

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Activity Book

Conservation Education Youth Guide

Conservation Education Educator Guide

Conservation Education Homeschool Guide

Conservation Education Nonformal Education Guide

Waterfowl Online Identification Guide

Junior Duck Stamp Contest Information


Find Your Way to the National Wildlife Refuge System Coloring Book!

GORGEOUS!


Pollinators of Alaska Coloring Book


Meet Some Wildlife Champs Coloring Book


Conoce sobre la vida silvestre libro para colorear


Into the Wilderness Coloring Book


Colorear del Sistema Nacional de Refugios de Vida


The Pacific Salmon and Steelhead Coloring Book


ABC’s of Fishing Coloring Book


All About Alligators Activity Book (English/Espanol)

Saving Sea Turtles! (English/Espanol)

Snow Plovers on the Beach

Endangered Species Coloring Book


Even More Absolutely FREE Downloadable Materials!

Young Angler Activity Packet

Pond Science Activity Packet

Birding Basics Activity Packet

Wetland Connections Activity Packet

Pond Insect Investigation Activity Packet

Nature Through the Seasons Activity Packet

Forests Are More Than Trees Activity Packet

Bugs Don’t Bug Me Coloring Book

Birding Basics Bird Guide & Checklist

Key to Life in the Pond Chart

Birds of Sacramento NWR ID Cards

Birds of Sacramento River NWR ID Cards

Birds of Sacramento Field Guide 101

Birds of Sacramento Worksheets – Activity 1

Birds of Sacramento Worksheets – Activity 2

Birds of Sacramento Worksheets – Activity 3

The Cornell Lab Feathered Friends

California’s Riparian Wild YouTube Video

Bird Migration YouTube Video

Point Blue Conservation Science Nest Coloring Pages

Who Lives on a National Wildlife Refuge?

Wing Span Chart

Winter Wildlife Signs Scavenger Hunt

Birdwatching Observations Checklist

My Animal Signs Field Guide

Camouflaged Critters

Outdoor Explorer Spring & Summer Scavenger Hunt

Junior Wildlife Ranger Online Program

DeSoto Plant Scavenger Hunt

DeSoto Animal Scavenger Hunt

Look Who’s Flying! Learning About Ospreys

Kids’ Coastal Activity Book

Birds and Their Eggs

Seashells

Shrimp

Underwater Food Chain

Marinelife Word Search

Monarch Life Cycle

Climate Change and Wildlife Word Search

Marine Biologist Word Game

Florida & The Caribbean Activity Guide

Bird Block Party Scavenger Hunt

The Compass to Nature – Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom Guide for Educators **

Conservation Connect Online Video Series

Freshwater Fish of America Guide to 42 Species

Monarch Butterfly Word Search

Monarch Butterfly: Royal Mail Curriculum Manual

Monarch Migration Maze

California Plants Coloring Book

Native Plants of the Western Great Lakes North Country Coloring Book

Plants From the Aspen Forest Coloring Book

Wildlfowers of the Colorado Mountain Tops Coloring Book

Wildflowers of Ponderosa Pine Forests Coloring Book

Celebrate Wildflowers of Southwest Idaho Coloring Book

Wildflowers of the Western US Coloring Book

State Wildflower Guide

Fish and Aquatic Conservation Word Puzzles Package

US Fish and Wildlife Reading Materials

Kolea Maze

Migratory Bird Journal

Migratory Bird Word Search

Migratory Bird Coloring Book

Shorebird Migration Game

Shorebirds Migratory Superheros

Aves Migratorias Superhéroes

Avian Scientific Advisory Group (ASAG) Activities

Beaks & Bills

Build a Bird

Birds, Beaks & Adaptations

Birds of a Feather

Bird Migration

Bird Nests

Birding Basics

Birding Basics Journal

Migration Matters

For the Birds

The Four Essential Elements of Habitat


Word Searches

Word search puzzle pages.

Pollinators

Read more about pollinators…

Ethnobotany

Read more about ethnobotany…

Gardening

Read more about native gardening…

Plant of the Week

Read more about our Plant of the Week…


Online Video Resources

US Fish & Wildlife Video Resources


Refuge Bird Cams

Most web cameras operate only seasonally and weather-permitting

Eagle Cam – Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (MD)

Osprey Cam – Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (MD)

Puffin Cam – Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge (ME)

Condor Cam – Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge (CA)

Seabird Cam – Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge (CA)

Osprey Cam – Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (NJ)

Eagle Cam – Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (OK)

Eagle Cam – Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge (IL)

Osprey Cam – Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (NY)

J.N. “Ding” Darling NWR Wildlife Drive (FL)

CROW Clinic (FL)

Pink Shell Beach Resort Osprey Cam (FL)

North Fort Myers Eagle Cam (FL)

Farallon Island NWR (CA)

National Conservation Training Center Eagel Cam (WV)

Blackwater NWR Waterfowl Cam (MD)

Blackwater NWR Osprey Cam (MD) 

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge Bird Cam (WI)

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR Osprey Cam (NJ)

Richmond DGIF Falcon Cam (VA)

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