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National Wildlife Visitor Center School Programs

School Programs are offered year round.

  • Naturalist led programs - the Winter Programs, see below - are offered mid-November through mid-March.
  • Interpreted tram tours are offered spring through fall. Exact dates of the tour season vary by year. See Tram Tours for tram schedules and reservation information.

Winter Programs (revised January 2004)

The following naturalist led programs will be offered mid-November through mid-March for school groups whose teacher has attended a General Orientation Workshop at the National Wildlife Visitor Center (see Teacher Workshops). Reservations required for all programs at time of field trip registration.  Program group size limited to 20 students.  Reservation forms available at orientation or call 301-497-5898.


Students will recognize and identify different ways that wolves adapt to their environment. During this program, students will learn about the basic needs of wolves and how their habitat helps provide for those basic needs.

Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum Themes
Adaptations Classification Interdependence of Organisms Lifecycles
Habitats Survival Skills Similarities and Differences

OTTER’S TALE K – 4th Grade

Students will join us in exploring the ocean world, as we follow a day in the life of a California Sea Otter. During this program, students will learn about the characteristics that allow the sea otters to adapt and survive in a cold and watery habitat.

  Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum Themes
Adaptations Human Effects on the Environment Similarities and Differences
Habitats Interdependence of Organisms Lifecycles
Survival Skills Classification


Students will investigate wildlife trade in endangered and threatened species. The students will identify various products confiscated by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife law enforcement and analyze how humans have a major impact on various endangered and threatened species. The students will also investigate what can be done to help endangered and threatened species.

  Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum Themes
Adaptations Classification
Renewable and Non renewable resources Global Problems and Concerns
Environmental Issues and Problems

CRANE CRISIS 9th – 12th Grade

Crane Crisis introduces the students to the plight of the endangered Whooping Crane in an interactive presentation. Students will be given background information on how this species became endangered and how researchers are working to reestablish the crane population in North America.

  Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum Themes
  (High School Assessment – Biology)
Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources Genetics
Environmental Issues and Problems Human Effects on the Environment

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