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Imperial National Wildlife Refuge offers free programs and great educational resources.


Which of these free programs fits the needs of your students?

In-School Programs
Refuge staff and volunteers are available throughout most of the year to present a number of environmental education programs at Yuma area schools. Programs include a variety of topics appropriate for different age groups, including desert plants and wildlife, recycling, and the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Self–guided Field Trip: Painted Desert Trail Hike
Educators – Bring you students for a self-guided walk on the 1.3 mile nature trail that winds through the desert. Students will learn about the Sonoran Desert, animal and plant adaptations, and geologic history.

Visitor Center
The visitor center has a variety of interactive exhibits about the Sonoran desert, Colorado River, and refuge management. Students will learn about desert wildlife like bighorn sheep and some of the refuge’s endangered species, including the Yuma clapper rail and southwestern willow flycatcher. Visit the observation tower for an opportunity to see migratory birds making use of the nearby habitat, refuge-managed farm fields and native cottonwood and willow communities along the Colorado River.
Page Photo Credits — Resident Desert tortoise under refuge Visitor Center / Jenny and Oliver Davis ©
Last Updated: Sep 17, 2013
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