The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge are offering an exciting program called Jr. Stewards for youth ages 9 to 14-plus. We will learn about and explore the wonders of the Upper Mississippi River NWFR.

Enrollment is free and limited to 16 youth. and is first come first served. Jr. Stewards will usually meet all year long from 9 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month beginning Feb. 2.

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Some of the programs that will be provided are: Tools that Biologists Use; Discover our National Emblem; Exelon Fish Hatchery, Canoeing Adventures. For more information or to download a registration form, visit or contact the refuge office at 815-273-2732.

Those interested in the program can participants can register or find out more information at a kickoff event which will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson, Ill.