Environmental Education at Deer Flat
links for educators
Types of Field
Starting in Fall
2010, the Refuge is offering a new field trip called Discover
Wildlife Journeys. Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders are
invited to participate in this new field trip to discover the Lake
Lowell ecosystem at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. You and
your students will learn outside with trained naturalists through
hands-on, inquiry-based experiences...and have fun splashing around
in Lake Lowell!
Schedule a field trip and you will receive Student
Workbooks (PDF file larger than 500 kb) with pre- and post-visit
activities correlated with 4th, 5th,
and 6th grade Idaho Standards for science, math, and language
arts. This field trip will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and
Thursdays in fall 2010 and spring 2011. To register, 208-467-9278
Friends of Deer Flat Wildlife
Refuge offers a Teacher Support Scholarship to help defray the
cost of bussing students to the refuge. Download information
about the bus scholarship and an application.
Deer Flat National Wildlife
Refuge invites school groups, scout groups, families, and community
groups to take a self-guided field trip to the refuge. Lake Lowell
offers a great outdoor classroom for hands-on explorations of sagebrush
upland, riparian, and lake habitats.
must be scheduled with the Refuge to be sure that they do not conflict
with other scheduled activities.
Refuge staff can speak
with teachers and group leaders to help them plan activities during
an independent visit. Leaders can also use the Environmental
Education Library, available in the refuge Visitor Center.
a Field Trip
To schedule a guided
or self-guided field trip, contact
us at 467-9278. Please
make arrangements as early as possible to insure
that your visit does not conflict with other scheduled activities.
Preparing for the
There are several things
you can do before the big day to make your Field Trip an exciting
and educational outing rather than just a day out of the classroom.
pre-visit activities. If you are doing a self-guided
field trip, design pre- and post-field trip activities to
prepare students for their visit and cement their learning when
they're back in the classroom.
students with refuge rules. Your group will be visiting
animals' homes and should behave accordingly. Before your visit,
you might ask students to describe what behavior they think will
be appropriate during the visit to minimize their impact on wildlife
and habitats. If they come up with the rules themselves, they
may be more likely to follow them! Fill in points that they miss
from the list below.
- Break into groups.
If you will
be splitting into groups, divide into groups that are as small
as possible before arriving. Identifying the groups with
color- or shape-coded name tags simplifies things.
- Provide students
with list of what to bring.
- Take away only
memories! All plants, animals, rocks, or other specimens are
protected on National Wildlife Refuges. Students can take away
drawings, photographs, rubbings, and memories.
- Replace animals'
homes! If you move any rocks, sticks, or logs, please put
them back where you found them, they could be part of someone's
- Walk and talk quietly
to maximize your chances of seeing wildlife--and to minimize wildlife
- Stick to the roads.
All vehicles must stay on roads at all times. Please do not ask
to enter areas that are closed to the public.
- Lunch in the wilds.
The Visitor Center is notavailable as a lunch room. Eat
outside, in the county park on the east end of the Upper Dam,
or on the bus. Remember to bring enough bags or boxes to carry
out all trash!
The following items may help you have a successful--and pleasant--visit.
- Lunch, water bottles,
and plenty of fluids
- Trash bags--all visitors
are expected to carry out their own trash. You may also want to
bring bags to pick up trash you find on the refuge.
- Hat, sunglasses, and
- Dress for the weather
- Hiking boots or shoes
with ankle support. No open-toed shoes!
- Magnifying lenses
- Binoculars or spotting
- Field guides to birds,
plants, insects, etc.
- Insect repellent
- Pencils and paper