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Necedah National Wildlife Refuge provides a unique experience for youth of all ages to discover and explore wildlife in its natural habitat. Programming provided throughout the year incorporates hands-on learning in the outdoor classroom.

  • Field Trips

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    Bring your students on a field trip to the refuge to discover and explore wildlife in its natural habitat anytime of the year. Each field trip is grade specific and correlated to WI Academic Standards.

    Field trips are free, can accommodate up to 100 students, and last approximately 4 hours. For availability and scheduling, contact the Education Coordinator at 608-565-4412.

  • Scout Programs

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    The Visitor Center is a great resource for troops to conduct self-guided visits, work with a naturalist to complete badges, or participate in leadership roles fulfilling Eagle Scout requirements.

    Scout programs are free, can accommodate up to 20 scouts, and last up to 3 hours. For availability and scheduling, contact the Education Coordinator at 608-565-4412.

     

    Girl Scout Programs 

     

    Boy Scout Programs 

  • Summer Nature Camps

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    Students in grades 1-6 are invited to participate in summer nature camps provided by educational specialists. Participants engage in outdoor adventure and hands-on nature activities that lead to a deeper appreciation of the outdoor world.

    For availability and scheduling, contact the Education Coordinator at 608-565-4412.

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  • Classroom Visits

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    For classes unable to visit the refuge, naturalist will deliver hands-on nature programs to area schools.

    For availability and scheduling, contact the Education Coordinator at 608-565-4412.

  • Jr. Duck Stamp Contest

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    Attention young artists in grades K-12: put your art skills to the test by submitting renderings of waterfowl into Wisconsin’s annual Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Contest entries due annually by March 15th.  

     

    Download entry forms, eligible species lists, and view the complete contest rules at the Federal Jr. Duck Stamp website.

  • After School Programs

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    Necedah National Wildlife Refuge offers educational programs for at-risk, low-income elementary and middle school students that challenge them with outdoor explorations, observation, and poblem solving activities.

  • Education Facility

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    Step into the 44,000 acre outdoor classroom at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge! Educational groups are invited to explore ADA accessible hiking trails, walk the boardwalks, climb the observation tower, and immerse themselves in the mosaic of habitats found on the refuge.

    The Visitor Center is equipped with a large classroom, interactive exhibits, small theater, gift shop, indoor and outdoor restrooms, and bus parking. These facilities are open for year round programming, serving as a gateway to the refuge.
     

  • Educational Resources

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    Enhance your science curriculum by borrowing a free traveling trunk. Trunks are designed to bring the wonder of the natural world indoors. Each trunk contains a teacher’s manual with topic information, interactive activities, children’s books, VHS tapes, games, and props. Available trunks include: Whooping Cranes, Wolf, Prairie, Bear, and Wetlands. Trunks are available for a 2 week check-out, and must be picked up and returned to the Visitor Center. For availability and scheduling, contact the Education Coordinator at 608-565-4412.

    Binoculars, field guides, Let’s Go Outside Backpacks, and snowshoes are available seasonally for check out from the Visitor Center. All resource items are on a first come, first serve basis, and only available during Visitor Center hours. For availability and scheduling, contact the Visitor Center at 608-565-2551.
     

  • Schedule a Program

    Advanced reservations are required for all educational groups visiting Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Reservations are processed on a first come, first served basis.  


    For more information, contact the Education Coordinator at:

    Kara Zwickey
    608-565-4412
    Kara_Zwickey@fws.gov
     

     

  • Program Costs

    All educational programs are free. A variety of equipment including binoculars, dip nets, and hand lenses are available at no charge for group use. Please note that groups are responsible for replacing any equipment that is lost or damaged.

  • Lunch

    Educational groups must provide their own lunch. Refuge staff strongly encourages “no-trash” lunches and requires on-site recycling of paper, plastics, and aluminum.

Last Updated: Jun 13, 2014
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