Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region
2145 Key Wallace Dr
Cambridge, MD 21613
(410) 228-2677
Environmental education. Credit: USFWS

Environmental Education at Blackwater

The staff and volunteers at Blackwater Refuge offer educational programs that can be modified to meet the needs of teachers and students. Blackwater Refuge currently offers the following programs:

  • Refuge Orientation (30 min)
  • Guided tours of Wildlife Drive (approximately 1 hour)
  • Visitor center tours (grades K-5) (approximately 1 hour)
  • Marsh explorations (1-1.5 hours)
  • Mobile exhibits (upon request)
  • Assistance to scouts (upon request)
  • Educational videos (call for list; generally 20 min depending on video)

Note: All programs must be arranged in advance by phoning 410-901-6124 or emailing

All of the above listed activities are free to any educational group. Programs can be designed to accommodate young children and special populations. The Wildlife Drive entrance fee is waived for all educational-institution guided tours. The Visitor Center is free to all.

Visit our Teachers page for more information about educational programs at the Refuge and for a list of helpful resources.

Also, visit the Raptor Cams page on this website to learn more about the Blackwater Refuge Osprey Cam and Eagle Cam, which schools can access via the Friends of Blackwater website. The raptor cams have provided thousands of students with a rare look at the nesting behaviors of these two entertaining species.

Interested parties can email or call the Refuge for information on obtaining a copy of the "Blackwater Environmental Education Manual" or for information on using the new environmental education building located at the entrance to the Wildlife Drive.

Environmental education building. Credit: USFWS

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Last updated: October 7, 2010