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The Refuge provides wildlife-oriented recreational opportunities to the public.
 

 

 

 

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Hidden Wildlife

    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge!  Wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors.

  • Interpretation

    Self-Guided Tours

    Refuge System interpretation programs provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world.  Self-guided walks  help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitat behind the landscapes.

    In addition to staff and volunteers presenting programs to audiences, refuges use a variety of exhibits, signs, brochures, and electronic media to communicate natural history stories to visitors.  Printed and virtual information is often available on many topics, including plants and animals, seasonal migrations, habitats, refuge management strategies, and endangered species.

    Through Refuge System interpretation programs, you can learn why nearly all of the critically endangered Whooping Cranes spend the winter at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, about the beneficial role of wildfire to encourage native vegetation to grow at Necedah Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, and thousands of other interesting and informative stories.

  • Environmental Education

    Reaching Youth

    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.

    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 Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge to check on program availability and reservation policies.  Refuges are wild places, and we want to teach you more about them!

  • Photography

    Scouts

    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on National Wildlife Refuges in the past 10 years has been wildlife photography.  That is not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate.  You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started.  A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.

    Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife, and national wildlife refuges naturally are at the top of the list.  Refuges provide enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in natural habitats by providing platforms, brochures, interpreters, viewing areas, and tour routes.  Wildlife photography is a high-priority activity in the Refuge System.  We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive! 

  • Hiking

    Secret Trails

    Over a mile of maintained natural trails are available at Two Ponds. In addition, all Refuge lands are open to foot travel during daylight hours on the West side. Maintained trails include several groomed loops and meadows - and crusher fines trails and switchbacks.
     

     
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Last Updated: Feb 20, 2014
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