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Program Opportunities

 

Wildlife Tour of the Refuge

Tour includes description of management techniques used to enhance habitats, description of various habitats, observations of forest succession, history of the refuge, and identification of birds and other wildlife found on the refuge. Available for grades one through twelve. Refuge guide or teacher guided tour. This lesson plan relates to Delaware Science Content Standards: (4-5;6.1.C); (K-3;8.1.A); (4-5;8.1.C); (4-5;8.2.B); (6-8;8.1.C); (6-8:8.1.D); (6-8;8.1.E); (6-8;8.1.G); (9-12;8.1.D)

Download the lesson plan (pdf)

Nature Walks 

A total of five tails (three leading to observation towers) range from one quarter to one mile in length and emphasize wetland values, habitat distinctions, and wildlife inhabitants. Available for grades one through twelve. Refuge guide or teacher guided walk.

Habitat Studies 

Four habitat studies are available for grades three through twelve (water quality studies limited to grades five through twelve). These studies identify specimens found in these habitats and define the characteristics of each habitat. Groups can select from the following habitats:

  • Freshwater Lesson Plan. (PDF file.) Students use dip nets to capture and study aquatic specimens. May include water quality analysis. This lesson plan relates to Delaware Science Content Standards: (6-8;1.1.C); (4-5;6.1.C); (K-3;7.1.B); (K-3;7.1.C); (4-5;8.1.F); and (4-5;8.1.D).
  • Brackish and Salt Marsh Lesson Plan. (PDF file) Students use dip nets to capture and study brackish water specimens. May include water quality analysis. This lesson plan relates to Delaware Science Content Standards: (6-8;1.1.C); (4-5;2.2.D); (6-8;4.1.E); (4-5;6.1.C); and (6-8;8.1.C).
  • Bay Lesson Plan. (FPD file) In the fall students use a seine net to capture specimens found in Delaware Bay. In the spring the horseshoe crab and shorebird connection is studied. May include water quality analysis. This lesson plan relates to Delaware Science Content Standards: (4-5;2.2.D); (6-8;4.1.E), (6-8;8.1.C); and (4-5;8.1.C).
  • Horseshoe Crab Lesson Plan. (PDF file) In the spring, students take a trip to a Delaware beach to study the horseshoe crab and shorebird connection. This lesson plan relates to Delaware Science Content Standards: (K-3;6.1.A); (K-3;6.2.B); (4-5;6.1.A); (4-5;6.3.A); (6-8;6.1.A); (6-8;6.1.B); (9-12;6.1.H); (6-8;7.1.A); (6-8;7.1.E); (6-8;7.2.A); (6-8;7.2.B); (6-8;7.2.F); (9-12:7.2.D); (K-3;8.1.A); (4-5;8.1.C); (4-5;8;1;E); (6-8;8.1.D); (6-8;8.1.E).
  • Forest Lesson Plan. (PDF file) Students search the forest floor for specimens and determine species identification and characteristics. This lesson plan relates to Delaware Science Content Standards: (4-5;6.1.C); (4-5;8.1.C); (6-8;8.1.D); (4-5;8.1.B); (4-5;8.1.E); (6-8;8.1.F); (4-5;8.2.B); (6-8;8.2.A); (6-8;8.2.B); and (6-8;8.2.C).
  • Bird Migration Lesson Plan. (PDF file) Students learn about the Atlantic Flyway and waterfowl, shorebird, wood warbler, and other migrants. This lesson plan relates to Delaware Science Content Standards: (6-8; 1.1.D); (4-5;3.1.A); (6-8;3.1.A); (4-5:4.1.A); (K-3;5.2.A); (6-8;5.2.H); (4-5;6.3.A); (6-8;7.1.E).

A DVD on the National Wildlife Refuge System and on Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is available. Talks by refuge staff and volunteers are available on a limited basis.

Most school groups will select a combination of the above program opportunities based on the school’s curriculum objectives, grade level, and length of time the group will be on the refuge. Refuge staff can assist in planning the day’s activities.

Last Updated: Apr 09, 2013
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