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Our trained environmental educator will work with you to meet your education goals and provide a quality outdoor learning experience for your students. Field trips can be ranger-led or self-guided, you choose which type of field trip and topic will best fit your class. We can also visit your classroom to provide a nature program. We do recommend that each class make a visit to Two Rivers NWR or a local park/natural area before or after we visit the classroom. A chance to learn outdoors greatly aids in student’s understanding of the nature lesson.

To schedule a group visit to the refuge or a classroom visit call 618-883-2524 or email Park Ranger Cortney Solum at Cortney_solum@fws.gov.

The Refuge Has a Lot to Offer

  • Friendly, knowledgeable staff
  • Visitor Center Exhibits
  • Prairie Adventure Trail and Wildlife Haven Trail- each one half mile in length
  • Refuge ponds - for pond studies
  • A variety of habitats to study- wetlands, bottomland forest, prairie, river
  • Education programs that meet Illinois state standards 
  • Restrooms in visitor center
  • Conference room to use at the start of a program or in case of inclement weather
  • Viewing decks

Field Trip requirements:  

  • Schedule at trip at least two weeks in advance.
  • Field trips are scheduled on a first come first served basis.
  • We require 2 adults per every 10 students. Adult supervision is required at all times.

Self-guided Field Trips:

  • Viewing the exhibits in the Visitor Center takes about 15 minutes.
  • A 15 minute orientation by refuge staff.
  • A scavenger hunt and clipboards are available to help focus student's attention.
  • Or bring your own lesson to the refuge to use the outdoors as your classroom.

Resources for use at the refuge:

  • Fishing poles
  • Binoculars
  • Digital cameras
  • Dip nests, tubs, hand lenses, and forceps for macro invertebrate study
  • Field guides: birds, trees, butterflies, wetlands
  • Clip boards

What you’ll see on your visit:

  • Winter- View bald eagles and other raptors soaring above the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Muskrats and beavers have built their winter homes on the refuge.
  • Spring- Song birds, waterfowl, and shorebirds stop at the refuge on their journey north to breed and spend the summer. Frog calls fill the air and the prairie begins to come to life.
  • Summer- The prairie habitat is triving. Insects and birds are easily viewed on the Prairie Adventure and Wildlife Haven trails at the Visitor Center. Young waterfowl have hatched and now follow their parents around the refuge to find food.
  • Fall- Migrating waterfowl have returned to the refuge on their journey south for the winter. As many as 200,000 ducks and geese can be spotted foraging on refuge wetlands.
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2014
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