The refuge’s environmental education programs are designed to take advantage of nature’s classrooms.
Teacher ResourcesFree Outreach ProgramsWe will come to Cameron or Willacy County schools free of charge. Includes hands-on experience with animal artifacts and is adapted for the age group and audience size.Endangered Species of South Texas – Discover the story of our local endangered animals including the Aplomado falcon, Kemp's Ridley sea turtle and ocelot. Find out why they are endangered, what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing to help them and what citizens can do to help. Wild Cats of South Texas – Discover the stories of our wild cats including jaguar, mountain lion, bobcat, ocelot and jaguarundi. Compare and contrast their habitats, behaviors and pelts. Find out why some are doing well and others are endangered or gone.South Texas Wildlife - Discover your local wildlife from Texas indigo snakes to green jays to armadillos. Find out where these species call home and their adaptations to live there.Sea Turtles of the Gulf of Mexico – Discover the habits and history of the five gulf sea turtles including Kemp's ridley, Atlantic green, leatherback, loggerhead and hawksbill. The Kemp's ridley is the most endangered sea turtle in the world and it nests on South Padre Island. Find out how you can make a difference for these turtles.Field Trip Opportunities - Nothing compares to visiting this vast natural area in person!
Teacher-led Activities including:
In Your Classroom – Incorporate environmental education into your curriculum.
ReservationsCall and discuss your program needs with the Ranger and reserve your date(s) at 956-748-3607, or 3608 ext. 119
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The refuge’s location and habitat make it a haven for butterflies and moths -- and those who enjoy seeing them! October and November offer the best times to enjoy the refuge’s butterflies, a documented 130 species.