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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BACK SECTION CLOSED – Wildlife Drive closed from north end of Shearness to Finis and Allee House. October 13, 15, and 17, 2014 all day. November 14, 15, and 19, 2014 all day. December 13 & 20, 2014 until 1:00 pm. December 15 & 18, 2014 all day. January 23, 2015 all day.
FRONT SECTION CLOSED - Wildlife Drive closed from Visitor Center to Shearness parking lot. Enter the refuge from Dutch Neck Road on RT. 9 North. November 17 & 21, 2014 all day. December 17, 2014 all day.