Please be on time! Most of the guides are volunteers giving of their own free time to be here for you. If there is a last minute problem, please let us know as soon as possible.
To help with safety and supervision at least one adult chaperone is required for every 10 students. This field trip is an educational experience. Students are expected to stay with the guide and chaperons and participate in all activities.
If you will be participating on a trail walk, wear clothes appropriate for outdoor activities such as: closed toed shoes (or boots if it is wet) long pants and appropriate outerwear. Be prepared to walk. Bring your own insect repellant, sun block or medication (for anaphylactic persons) if you need it.
Drinking water and indoor restrooms are available at the visitor contact station/headquarters. There is a port-a-john at the Kanyoo Nature Trail parking lot so plan accordingly.
No cans, bottles or other litter will be allowed to be carried on the trail. If you plan to have lunch on the refuge, plan it after the program is over.
The refuge has no formal picnic facilities but, weather permitting, students and teachers may eat at the visitor contact station or at the trail head. The refuge has a pack-it-in -- pack-it-out policy. Please plan to collect all your trash and take it back with you for proper disposal. Or be kind to our planet and encourage your students to bring "earth friendly" lunches using reusable containers. An option would be to drive to the New York State operated Oak Orchard Wildlife Management Area approximately 4.5 miles from the refuge visitor contact station, which has a covered picnic pavilions
Please make sure that your bus drivers are aware that they will be transporting the students between the visitor contact station and the trail.
Do not wander away from the group. Stay on the designated trail. This helps protect fragile plants from destruction and prevents soil erosion. Also, there may be animals nesting in the area or there may be unseen hazards.
Ask before you pick up something to look at it and, please, put it back. Leave everything as you found it.
Watch where you put your fingers and toes. Plants protect themselves with thorns and poisons, animals have stingers, claws and teeth.
Poison ivy is common on the trail.
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Over the years, two pairs of bald eagles have established nest sites on the refuge. Eagles start nesting behavior in January and continue until eaglets fledge in July. Eagles stay on or near the refuge for most of the year, leaving only to find open water in winter or in times of drought. When visiting Cayuga Overlook, the eagles are likely to be observed flying above.