Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region

Environmental Education Activities and Programs

Teachers and other educators are encouraged to utilize the refuge as an outdoor classroom. Below are a variety of activity sheets that can be downloaded and copied for students to complete to enhance their educational experience during their visit. Students will learn about the natural and cultural history of the Okefenokee, while reinforcing skills and knowledge learned in the classroom. A packet of information can be created for each student containing information downloaded from the refuge website and other materials that might be useful. A cover sheet for student’s packet is available or each teacher or student can create their own. For basic information about Okefenokee, check out the Fun Facts About Okefenokee webpage.

Pre-visit Activity

  • Okefenokee Word Search is an activity designed to introduce students to some of the plants and animals found in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. They can complete this activity while traveling to the refuge, keeping them busy while preparing them for their visit.

Educator-guided "On-site" Activities

  • Okefenokee Outpost Challenge- raccoon edition is a 20 question multiple-choice worksheet for younger elementary students to challenge them in learning about the Okefenokee, while interacting with the exhibits in the Visitor Center. An answer sheet for this activity is also available.
  • Okefenokee Outpost Challenge- owl edition is a 20 question short answer worksheet for older elementary and middle school students to challenge them in learning about the Okefenokee while interacting with the exhibits in the Visitor Center. An answer sheet for this activity is also available.
  • A Swampers Life is an activity sheet for elementary students to complete after touring the Chesser family house and homestead. An answer sheet is also available.
  • Okefenokee Habitats introduces students to the five major habitats found in the refuge. Students should be able to complete the activity after reviewing the “Habitats Field Guides” exhibit in the visitor center. A short walk from the visitor center to the Mizell Prairie Boardwalk will lead students by these five habitats. An answer sheet for this activity is available.
  • Counting Birds focuses on how biologists use math to determine bird populations in large areas like the Okefenokee. An answer sheet for this activity is available. As a follow-up to their visit, students can learn about three species of birds that live in the Okefenokee.
Environmental Education and Concession Center Okefenokee's Environmental Education Classroom
Environmental Education and Concession Center-
credit Blaine Eckberg/USFWS
Environmental Education Classroom-
credit Blaine Eckberg/USFWS

 

The refuge has an Environmental Education Classroom that opened in April 2009. It is used for programs, training sessions and meetings and contains a wetlab and exhibits. It is located in the Environmental Education and Concession Center.

Please contact the Environmental Education Coordinator at (912) 496-7836 for information about additional programs and to schedule a program for your group.

Last updated: February 12, 2014