Tips for a Safe and Comfortable Visit
Long sleeves and long pants that can be tucked into socks to discourage mosquito, fly, and tick bits are strongly recommended, as is proper footwear for walking in sometimes wet areas. Insect repellent also can be helpful; however, teachers and chaperones should supervise its use. A tick check should be conducted after the visit.
Teachers and chaperones should instruct students to walk in the middle of the paths when on the walking trails in order to avoid contact with poison ivy.
A 1 to 6 ratio of chaperones to students is ideal, particularly for the lower grades, and this ratio should not exceed 1 to 10 for any age group. Proper supervision of students is necessary at all times and is not the responsibility of Refuge Staff. Chaperones should understand that this is a classroom activity and a learning experience for the students, not a vacation day.
Things to Remind Students
Things for the Teacher to do
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On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, the main entrance to the Refuge and the Visitor Center will be closed. The Refuge can be accessed by Dutch Neck Road off Rt. 9 and by the Finis gate on Parsons Point Road. Visitors will NOT have access to the Visitor Center's restrooms.
On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, the main entrance and the Visitor Center will be opened.
From June 1st to June 3rd, 2016, sections of the Wildlife Drive will be closed for road maintenance. Visitors will be able to access the Refuge from the main entrance and will experience intermittent road closures as they work on different sections of the road.