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Group HikeOutdoor experiences are essential for good mental, physical, and emotional development. Time spent outside fosters creativity, heightens sensory skills, and teaches us to pay more attention to the world around us. Come visit Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge for a classroom without walls!


Refuge staff is dedicated to offering Environmental Education programs for schools, youth groups, scout troops, and the general public. We are willing to adapt to the curriculum you are covering and the age group being taught.
Please contact the refuge for more information on the FREE programs we offer or to schedule a FREE field trip for your school or group.

Some ideas for programs or activities are listed below:

  • Animal Olympics 
  • Careers in Wildlife 
  • Rock Cycle 
  • Food Chain 
  • Habitat
  • Wildlife Adaptations
  • Water Cycle
  • Fossils
  • Live Animals/Animal furs 
  • Waterfowl or Junior Duck Stamp 
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Bird Banding
  • Macro Invertebrate Sampling
  • PH testing
  • Invasive Species   

Visit our photo gallery to see some images of programs in action!


Feel free to use some of our data from waterfowl surveys or bird banding in the classroom. It's a great way to bring science into math or math into science!

You may also want to look at U.S. Fish and Wildlife's Page Let's Go Outside for more tips on outdoor classrooms.


Page Photo Credits — Group Hike - rstainfield/usfws
Last Updated: Dec 01, 2014
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