Jr. Stewards

The Jr. Stewards is an exciting youth program (ages 9 – 14+) offered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge. This program seeks to stimulate curiosity about nature, inspire lifelong learning, strengthen skills of observation, investigation, and imagination, while increasing a sense of wonder. Together, we explore the delightful marvels of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

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We need your help to purchase equipment and supplies. Help support our youth program by donating now. All donations are tax deductible.

2015 Jr. Stewards

Registration for 2016 is now closed. If your interested in sending your contact info for the 2017 season we will add you to our mailing list.  Please email your information at Stewardsumrr@gmail.com.

Click here to download Registration 2016

Program for 2016  (coming soon)

Highlights of the 2014 season

Check out what we did in 2013





On Saturday, October 5th 2014, the Jr. Stewards and families braved the cold and windy day to harvest Common Milkweed, Whorled Milkweed, and Butterfly Weed seed pods. Their goal was to collect the seed and then disperse it in other areas of the prairie to make additional suitable habitat for hosting the Monarch Butterfly. Hopefully, next Summer, we will have additional plants to aid the Monarch Butterfly when they pass through our area.