Junior Refuge Manager

Junior Refuge Manager Activity BookFriends of Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge encourage families with young children to explore the refuge through participating in the Junior Refuge Manager Program. An activity booklet for the program is available for sale through the Friends Nature Shop for $3.00 or you can download it here.

The booklet offers ways to discover the varied wildlife in the refuge and find out how they are protected. The program is designed for children ages 5 through 14 to do with their family. After a page is completed the child can have a refuge volunteer or staff person sign the page. When all the pages are finished the child earns a Junior Refuge Manager pin, a gift certificate to the Friends Nature Shop, and a new appreciation of the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge.

Periodically the Friends group offers programs to help children complete a page of the booklet. Check the events calendar for upcoming events or sign up for email notices to be alerted to these programs.

Nature Knowledge

Can you guess…

who left this track? Answers will be posted on the Friends’ Facebook page at the end of the week.


KidsNatureWalk512x383Schools, scouts, 4-H, and other groups can schedule a visit to the refuge. It is also possible to arrange for a speaker to give a presentation about the refuge at a club meeting or class. Contact the Refuge Headquarters weekdays by phone 973-702-7266 ext. 10 or email Fran_Stephenson@fws.gov to learn more.

Throughout the year, various programs are offered to the public on topics ranging from astronomy to zoology. Check the event calendar and Friends Facebook page for current listings. Friends members receive regular emails and notices about events.