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Air Rifle Target Shooting Birds of Prey Program Bow & Arrow Target Shooting Bubbles
Bug Sweeping Butterfly Encounter Fish Prints Junior Naturalist Passport
Kids Fishing Kite Flying Live Critters Nature Art Table
Nature Studies with a Microscope Pond Life Refuge Firefighting Sand Pile
Touch Tank Turtle Excluder Device Water Stream Trailer  

General Information

The locations for the various activities available are at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Campus, near the main entrance to the Refuge. Kids, parents, and grandparents are invited to participate!

Air Rifle Target Shooting

Kids can test their skills or learn to shoot with an air rifle. Refuge Law Enforcement staff teach proper gun safety and shooting skills. Targets are movable and can be set for the skill level of the participant.

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.

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Birds of Prey Program

Every year during March and April, EarthQuest brings the Birds of Prey program to Brazoria County for Migration Celebration. During the weeks preceding Migration Celebration, EarthQuest's wildlife handlers present Birds of Prey programs in a variety of venues including schools, service clubs, and shopping malls. In past years EarthQuest has presented programs in more than 30 local schools reaching a total audience of over 15,000 students and teachers.

The Birds of Prey Programs culminate at Migration Celebration with three programs during the two-day festival at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge. These programs are funded by donors. They are open to the public without charge.

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.


Steve Hoddy with Harris' Hawk (Photo credit: David Plunkett)

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Bow & Arrow Target Shooting

Come test your archery skills or learn to shoot safely. We will have a target range set-up to teach kids both archery safety and how to shoot archery equipment.

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.


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Bubbles

Learn to make large bubbles and discover the joys of being outside! Come make some giant bubbles! Then try to catch them!

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Bug Sweeping

Large nets are used to capture insects along the edge of tall grass. Volunteers help identify and describe the insects. Interesting specimens are collected for close up examination with magnifying glasses and under microscopes. How many different bugs can you find?

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.

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Butterfly Encounter

Ever have a butterfly land on your nose? It's possible in our Butterfly Encounter tent. See Monarchs, Painted Ladies and more butterflies (if we can catch them) flying or resting on native plants. Learn about butterflies and their lifecycle before you enter the encounter tent. See how an insect sees by trying our Bug Eye glasses. Kids can also try on our butterfly wings.

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.

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Fish Prints

Show your artistic talents with our fish printing station. Kids make artistic prints of "fish" with the assistance of volunteer docents. Create artwork inspired by fish that do not smell fishy! Washable paints are painted on a rubber fish of choice and then "printed" on the corresponding paper that is filled with facts about each fish.

The Fish Print exhibit is provided by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. TPWD's Coastal Expo Mission: Increase public awareness of Texas coastal ecosystems, why they are important, and how people can protect them.

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.

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Junior Naturalist Passport

This fun and educational activity helps guide you to many of the things going on, so be sure to pick up a passport for the kids and a site map when you arrive. Migration Celebration started the Junior Naturalist Passport for children in 2010 to promote awareness of nature and the refuges. Junior Naturalist candidates pick up a passport (booklet) near the Information Booth. Many different activities are listed in the passport along with questions about the activity. You visit a number of the activities, answer the questions asked in the passport, and have your passport stamped at each activity. After completing a certain number of the activities, you take the stamped passport to the Friends of the Brazoria Wildlife Refuges Nature Store in the Exhibitions Building to receive a free prize.

Our Junior Naturalist Pledge is:

  • I will stay on the paths and trails in the refuge.
  • I will not litter. I will pick up any trash I see and leave the refuge cleaner than when I arrived.
  • I will not feed, chase, or scare birds or other animals.
  • I will not pick wildflowers, break off limbs, peel bark off trees, or harm any plants.
  • I will talk to my friends and family and encourage them to protect the refuge with me.

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Kids Fishing

We provide the rods, reels, and bait. Kids can fish for bluegills (bream) or catfish. Both have been recently stocked in our pond. If needed, our volunteers will assist our junior fishermen with their fishing adventure. This is a catch and release program so more kids can enjoy the opportunity to catch a fish. A fishing license is not required.

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.

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Kite Flying

If you've ever been to Migration Celebration before you'll remember it's usually a windy place - great for Kite Flying! Kids will be able to make their own kite to fly, and take it home.

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.

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Live Critters: Alligators, Snakes, & Turtles

The Live Critters exhibit includes harmless live specimens of reptiles commonly found in Texas:

  • Baby Alligators
  • Non-venomous Snakes
  • Turtles

The Live Critters exhibit is provided by the Texas Master Naturalist – Cradle of Texas Chapter.

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.

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Nature Art Table

The Nature Art table has art materials for the young and the young-at-heart to create birds, wildlife, or nature scenes. Take your completed works home with you or post them for others to see.

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.

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Nature Studies with a Microscope

Microscopes are used to look at fine details of wildlife, such as flowers, feathers, and insects. Children capture specimens from a pond and tall grass and bring them to the microscope laboratory. Volunteers demonstrate techniques to use the microscope and describe details of the wildlife samples. See microscopic critters on a big screen!

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.

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Pond Life

Nets are used to collect small animals from a pond. Children are shown how the types of animals reflect the quality of the water. Interesting specimens are described by volunteers and saved for close up examination with magnifying glasses and under microscopes.

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.

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Refuge Firefighting

Learn from the Refuge Fire Staff about the importance of and techniques in utilizing prescribed fire as a tool to improve habitat quality, cycle nutrients, manage invasive species and reduce hazardous fuels on Refuge lands. Posters will describe the importance of the fire management program in restoring and maintaining quality wildlife habitat on our Mid-Coast Refuges.

In addition, children of all ages can participate in a wildfire suppression demonstration. Kids will be outfitted with firefighting equipment (hard hat and fireproof jacket) and will help battle a simulated brush fire with a real fire hose attached to a reel. They will use the hose to "fight" the fire (i.e., a picture of a fire on a guy wire) and push it back to its source This exercise will be complete when the fire is put out (pushed back to its source). Smaller "spot" fires sometimes flare up and must be extinguished as well.

Due to the amount of water, the area will get muddy so older shoes are recommended for the participants.

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.

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Sand Pile

The sand pile for young children gives them an opportunity to show their creative side in a big pile of sand. They can dig, build, sift and explore how it moves with the toys provided.

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.

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Touch Tank

A portable touch pool allows visitors to gently touch marine animals such as blue crabs, hermit crabs, stone crabs, snails and even anemones. The animals displayed live in a variety of habitats along the Texas coast and have developed many ways to survive conditions brought about by the tides, waves and predators.

The Touch Tank exhibit is provided by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. TPWD's Coastal Expo Mission: Increase public awareness of Texas coastal ecosystems, why they are important, and how people can protect them.

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.

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Turtle Excluder Device

Sea turtles are air-breathing reptiles with streamlined bodies and large flippers. They are well adapted to life in the ocean and inhabit tropical and subtropical ocean waters around the world. Of the seven species of sea turtles, six are found in U.S. waters. These include the green, hawksbill, Kemp's ridley, leatherback, loggerhead, and olive ridley.

A turtle excluder device or TED is a specialized device that allows a captured sea turtle to escape when caught in a fisherman's net. Sea turtles can be caught when bottom trawling is used by the commercial shrimp fishing industry. In order to catch shrimp, a fine meshed trawl net is needed. This results in large amounts of other marine organisms being also caught as bycatch. When a turtle gets caught or entangled in a trawl net, it becomes trapped and is unable to return to the surface. Since sea turtles are air-breathing creatures with lungs, they eventually drown.

Check out this exhibit so see how a TED works!

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.


Loggerhead Turtle escaping net through a TED (Photo credit: NOAA)

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Water Stream Trailer

The Water Stream Trailer is used to demonstrate Stream/River channel formation, including meanders and back erosion. The lesson is to demonstrate that back erosion is increased when hard structures are used and slowed down when vegetation is used. Additionally, it is emphasized that building in a flood plain is not a good practice as it leads to flooding of homes.

The Water Stream Trailer exhibit is provided by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Brazoria County.

Reservations are not required. Click here for schedule information.

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Migration Celebration is a Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex event underwritten by Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges.

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