Teachers can obtain material for each of the four lesson plans, as well as other information necessary to prepare the class before the visit to the refuge from the Bombay Hook website and click on For Educators or by contacting Tina Watson, Outdoor Recreational Planner at 302-653-6872. It is expected that there will be classroom preparation before the visit as well as follow-up after visit so that this can be a successful learning experience.
One day training programs for teachers, scout leaders, and volunteers are held periodically to prepare those in charge of visiting classes or groups. Contact Tina Watson, Outdoor Recreational Planner at 302-653-6872 for information about the training programs.
A twelve-mile auto trail winds through the diverse habitat areas of the refuge and connects with the five walking trails. The Visitor’s Facility at the entrance to the refuge includes administrative office, restrooms, an auditorium, exhibits, and a Refuge Store. Picnic tables are located outdoors and adjacent to the Visitor’s Facility. No food or beverages are available on the refuge. Students, teachers, chaperones, and bus drivers must bring boxed lunches. There are no restroom facilities on the refuge other then those in the Visitor’s Facility. All activities are outdoors, except for videos and staff talks which are held in the auditorium of the Visitor’s Facility.
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Birds of prey, or raptors are specifically suited to their lives as hunters. Their strong legs and powerful grasping feet with sharp talons help them catch and kill prey. Hooked bills help tear the meat. Hawks, falcons, eagles and owls are an important part of the balance of nature because they help keep insect and rodent populations in check.
The winter is a good time to look for a variety of raptors. Northern harriers fly over the salt marsh and fields. Look for the eastern screech owl sitting in the hole of a wood duck box. Bald eagles, red-tailed and Cooper's hawks can be spotted on tree branches.