The primary purpose of the refuge's Environmental Education program is to motivate people to learn the role of management in the maintenance of healthy ecosystems and to conserve and enhance our fish and wildlife resources. By using the refuge for structured educational activities in an outdoor classroom atmosphere, students will more fully appreciate and understand the natural world. The education activity should focus on the natural environment and the individual's role in it.
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The aptly named tundra swan breeds in the far northern reaches of the continent. They migrate south during the winter months, feeding on aquatic plants. They may also be seen eating grains in farm fields. The best time to spot tundra swans at the refuge is from November to February.