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Activities for Kids

Throughout the year, the Friends run activities and programs especially for children as well as programs suitable for entire families. Please see below and our events page for our full listing of activities and programs.

The Refuge staff also has programs and information available for children. You can find this information at:

From the Friends' current event schedule, the following activities are of special interest to children.

September 7, 5:00 PMAges 5-17Kids Fishing Clinic
September 17, 1:00 PMAges 6-10Refuge Explorers
September 23, 9:30 AMAges 2-5Refuge Fledglings Hour — Nature-themed Program for Kids

Thursday, September 7, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Kids Fishing Clinic

Have you ever wanted your kids to learn how to fish? The MassWildlife Angler Education Program will be providing equipment, tackle, and bait. Your children will learn the basics, from casting out to baiting up, followed by some real fishing. This program designed for beginners (children between the ages of 5-17), is at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

Pre-registration is required; please contact Jim Lagacy at or 508-389-6309.

Sunday, September 17, 1:00 PM

Refuge Explorers

Calling all explorers: come join us for a monthly adventure! See nature come alive as we discover our surroundings and learn about the refuge from the pages of books to the forests and wetlands.

Refuge Explorers is a hands-on program for 6-10 year olds focused on getting kids outside and engaged in nature. Dress for the weather (rain or shine) and an adventure!

Family friendly, siblings welcome. Contact Ranger Katie at for more information.

Saturday, September 23, 9:30 - 10:30 AM

Refuge Fledglings Hour — Nature-themed Program Series for Kids

Join Refuge staff for Refuge Fledglings Hour, a nature-themed program series that includes crafts, stories, and games or songs that relate to a different topic each month. This month’s theme will be on fish. Check the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge facebook page for up to date information.

Programs are usually held the 4th Satirday of every month from 9:30am – 10:30 AM. For 2 to 5 year olds; siblings welcome. Held at the Visitor Center.