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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Bombay Hook is an important stop on the Delaware Bay for thousands of migrating shorebirds every spring, as they make their critical trip north to their breeding grounds. At low tide they can be seen feeding by the thousands on the salt marsh mudflats along the wildlife drive. The black-necked stilts nest in the grassy areas of Bear Swamp impoundment.