For free, refuge staff and volunteers are available to schedule educational programs developed according to the State of Texas Academic Achievement Records. Bring your class to the refuge for a short video followed by an exciting nature walk that introduces your students to the amazing wildlife and habitat in their community. If you are not able to bring your class to the refuge, let us bring the refuge to your class! Staff and volunteers are available to do on-site visits for a 30-60 minute lesson that would best fit your teaching needs. If you have specific request relating to wildlife or habitat issues, let us know your teaching needs and we will do our best to help you. Guideline and Reservation Information for Programs on the Refuge
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is open from 8am-4pmContact
Park Ranger: 956-784-7545 or firstname.lastname@example.orgVisitor Center: 956-784-7500
Environmental Education Programs With the exception of the Wildlife Photography program, all programs listed can be provided at the refuge or in your classroom.Bird Adaptations and BehaviorGrades K-8This lesson educates children about birds and their adaptations to the environment. It has been designed to meet the needs at each grade level and has the advantage of complementing what was previously learned. It also includes hands-on activities that usually require an outdoor setting. Simple preliminary preparation (available upon request) is recommended prior to lesson.
Endangered Species Grades 5-12 This lesson educates children about conservation, endangered and threatened species, and habitat. The student will be able to identify three endangered species of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and identify two major causes of why these species are threatened or endangered. WetlandsGrades 4-12This lesson educates students on wetlands and their importance to our ecosystem. Students will be able to identify wetlands and will be introduced to the various species that inhabit them. Hands-on outdoor opportunities are available at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge where students can be reinforced with the basic function of wetlands and will learn to identify wildlife and vegetation. Simple preliminary preparation (available upon request) is recommended prior to lesson.
Scaly & Slimy FriendsGrades 3-5Explore the world of snakes, lizards and other reptiles and amphibians that make Santa Ana their home! Learn about our threatened reptiles and South Texas specialties. Explore their habitats, what they eat and other neat facts about these exciting creatures.
Wild PhotographyStudents will enjoy a 30 minute wildlife photography walk to get closer to birds and wildlife on the refuge. They learn how to take photos of nature while also learning about wildlife. Cameras will be provided for student groups.
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The ocelot is a small, spotted cat with a long tail. Visitors often confuse this wild cat with another commonly seen on the refuge -- the bobcat. The ocelot's range in the United States used to extend from South Texas up into Arkansas and Louisiana. Today, it is only found in the most southern tip of Texas where it is highly endangered due to loss of habitat.