OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The DeSoto Natinoal Wildlife Refuge is hosting a series of junior ranger programs geared toward children who are in second through sixth grades.

The programs will take place the week of July 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Activities include a ranger-led nature hike, lessons on the importance of picking up trash and a tutorial on the eastern bluebird. Children will help refuge staff check on nesting boxes and get to build their own bluebird box.

Children will also get a chance to learn about wetlands and participate in a fishing clinic, with fishing poles and bait provided.

Participants must register for the programs. To sign up, call the DeSoto Visitor Center at 712-388-4800.

The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is located north of Omaha along U.S. Highway 30.