Visit the Refuge!
The Refuge offer many resources to assist in planning and to ensure that you make the most of your field trip. You may access the Refuge resource library, containing: videos, educator's guides, reference books, and children's books some which may be checked out. We also recommend that teachers visit the Refuge and walk the trails prior to their field trip. The Refuge Office is open Mon-Fri 7:30am - 4:00pm. Call the Education Coordinator, Davy Clark at (360) 753-9467 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Lesson Planning Assistance
The Refuge Environmental Education Coordinator is available to meet with teachers and group leaders to help plan field trips. This staff member can recommend activities and places to go on the Refuge that will help you achieve your learning objectives.
Refuge volunteers are available upon request to give a brief (15-20 minutes) orientation program to groups with reservations. In order for the refuge staff and volunteers to adapt their orientation program to address your teaching goals, it is important that you fill in the sections on the reservation application titled "Field Trip Goals", "Pre-trip Activities" and "At-the-Refuge Activities."
Environmental Education Center
The Refuge's Environmental Education Center has two classrooms, a common room for opening and closing sessions, bathrooms, a covereddeck and outdoor amphitheater. School groups may reserve use of the space by completing the field trip reservation packet.
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