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Field Trip Planning

Making all the necessary plans for a successful field trip ensures a safe, educational, and fun time for all.  The links below will help you get started with your planning.

Field Trip Reservation Form (complete and send in to apply for field trip date)

An Introduction to Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (Chapter 1 of the Educator's Guide)

Field Trip Preparation Information (Chapter 2 of the Educator's Guide)

Powerpoint presentation "An Overview to Nisqually NWR" (use in the classroom as a pre-field trip activity)

Education Center Activities (options for indoor activities)

Map of the Twin Barns Loop Trail (a great hand-out to give to adult chaperones!)

Refuge Resources for Teachers


Visit the Refuge! 

The Refuge offers 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 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.


Orientation Talks 

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.


Teacher Training

Several times a year, the Refuge offers a 4-hour Field Trip Orientation Workshop, where teachers can learn about the facilities and resources available, how to structure a field trip to the Refuge, and how to prepare students with pre-trip classroom activities. Admission is free and clock hours are also available for this workshop. 

NOTE: All teachers wanting to schedule a field trip from May 15 through June 30 are required to have attended a Field Trip Orientation Workshop within the last three years. 

For more information on the workshops scheduled for 2012, download the Field Trip Orientation flyer.

To register for one a 2012 workshop, download the Registration Form, and send your completed form to the Refuge.

Last Updated: May 08, 2013
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