National Wildlife Refuges serve many purposes, and one of our most important roles is as outdoor classrooms to teach about wildlife and natural resources. Many refuges offer environmental education programs for a variety of audiences. Refuges provide unique and exciting outdoor environments – excellent locations for hands-on learning activities. Thousands of youth and adult groups visit every year to learn about a specific topic on wildlife, habitat, or ecological processes.
Kootenai NWR has an excellent Environmental Education (EE) facility. A historic barn was restored in 2003 and is currently available free of charge to school groups and environmental organizations. Computers with microscopes, education materials, and videos are available for use. The EEC includes displays of wildlife and waterfowl mounts, antlers, and other wildlife items for self-facilitated groups. Because of limited staff, the EEC is not regularily open to the public.
Is your school, youth, environmental or other group interested in learning more about the wildlife, plants, habitats and ecology of a particular national wildlife refuge? Contact or visit Kootenai NWR to check on program availability and reservation policies. Refuges are wild places, and we want to teach you more about them!