Junior Ranger Program Kicks Off Next Week at DeSoto

MISSOURI VALLEY – Looking for some summer activities for kids?  Join us at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge for a series of Junior Ranger Programs the week of July 16th.  The programs are free and geared towards 2nd-6th grade age kids.  Sessions will last from 9 am to noon for each program and parents are encourage to stick around.  Program topics include:

  • July 16thNature Discovery: Participants will learn to use their senses to observe nature during a ranger led nature hike.  Participants will also get to make a nature journal to use during their hike.
  • July 17thLeave No Trace: Participants will discover the importance of picking up trash and then help refuge staff in a conservation project.
  • July 18thBluebirds: Participants will learn about the eastern bluebird.  They will help refuge staff check on nesting boxes on the refuge and then will get to build their own bluebird box.
  • July 19thWetland Study: Discover the benefits of wetlands and why they are so important at DeSoto Refuge.  Participants will get their hands wet as they use dip nets to search for aquatic insects and other critters that live in a wetland.
  • July 20thFishing: Join refuge staff and volunteers in a fishing clinic.  Participants will learn some tricks for fishing and then can try their luck on the water.  Fishing poles and bait will be provided.

Participants must register for the programs.  Kids can attend one or attend them all.  To sign up for the Junior Ranger Activities, call the DeSoto Visitor Center at 712-388-4800.  Meeting location will be the DeSoto Visitor Center unless noted otherwise when signing up for program.  All participants will earn a DeSoto or Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge Junior Ranger badge.

DeSoto & Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges are located north of Omaha, Nebraska. DeSoto NWR is located along U.S. Highway 30 between Missouri Valley, Iowa and Blair, Nebraska. Boyer Chute NWR is located along U.S. Highway 75 near Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska.  For more information contact 712/388-4800 or email the refuge at desoto@fws.gov. Check our websites, www.fws.gov/refuge/desoto/ or www.fws.gov/refuge/boyer_chute/, for refuge updates.  Like us on Facebook – search for DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges.