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!
FREE Downloadable Educational Resources!
Junior Ranger Programs
Assorted FREE Downloadable Materials!
Even More Absolutely FREE Downloadable Materials!
- Ethnobotany: Plants Sustaining People
- Active Plant Compounds
- Plant Dyes
- Essential Oils
- Fabulous Fibers
- Fungus Fun
- Plants and People
- Plant Parts used for Medical Purposes
Plant of the Week
Online Video Resources
Refuge Bird Cams
Most web cameras operate only seasonally and weather-permitting
CROW Clinic (FL)
Farallon Island NWR (CA)
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