Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region


Malheur National Wildlife Refuge offers opportunities and guidance to educators and educational groups for on- and off-site programs. All listed programs are free and available Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. All programs must be arranged in advanced.

Contact Carey Goss for more information or to make arrangements at 541-493-2612 for any of the following programs:


Junior Duck Stamp Interactive Lesson – Refuge staff will be available to bring the interactive Junior Duck Stamp curriculum into classrooms. Staff will lead the hands-on activities that focus on waterfowl habitat, anatomy, adaptations, and sketching. Junior Duck Stamp Interactive Lesson is held in combination with the John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival Children’s Art Contest and the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program.
Available: February – March
Grades: K – 5
Length: 30 – 45 minutes

Visitor Center Tour & Activities – Refuge staff will be available to lead hands-on activities at the Visitor Center and the George Benson Memorial Museum that focus on connecting children with nature and building awareness and understanding of how habitats are needed by wildlife for survival. Activities are also designed to enhance existing curriculums of local schools and are correlated to the State learning standards.
Available: April – August
Grades: K – 5
Length: 1 – 2 hours

Environmental education activities

Learning about insects living in wetlands is just one of several fun activities at the refuge

Refuge Orientation – Refuge staff will be available at the Visitor Center to provide an orientation on a selected topic or a general overview of the refuge that focuses on the relationships and stewardship responsibilities of the refuge for the environment. Selected topics include biology, habitat, wildlife, cultural resources and management.
Available: April – September
Grades: 6 – 12, College Level
Length: 20 – 30 minutes

Sod House Ranch Historic Tour – Refuge staff and volunteers will be available to lead guided tours at the Historic Sod House Ranch that focus on the history of ranch life in the 1880’s with views of the colonial nesting birds using the historic cottonwood trees.
Available: August – October
Grades: 4 – 5
Length: 1 hour

viewing birds at the ranch

Volunteer Shary Hammon watches birds with some young visitors at Sod House Ranch


U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Neighborhood Explorers Go Outside encourages kids to discover nature where they first encounter it, right outside their front door. This is a fun and educational tool to get kids exploring nature.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Educating for Conservation are for students of all ages and educators to explore and learn about fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats and how you can help conserve, protect, and enhance them.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Division of Migratory Birds: Educational Links to use as a tool for enhancing elementary and secondary education featuring migratory birds.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Kids’ Corner is an opportunity to learn how loss of habitat and ecosystems can lead to a decline in biodiversity, and how the Endangered Species Act helps conserve endangered and threatened species.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Let’s Go Outside is an opportunity to help families and educators connect children with nature.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: National Wildlife Refuge System is the world’s premiere system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife and plants. Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida’s Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the System has grown to more than 96 million acres, 548 refuges and 37 wetland management districts.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Wetlands & Kids Educator Page is aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits.


Please visit our Wildlife & Habitat page for more information about viewing wildlife on your refuge.


Last updated: July 14, 2010