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Promoting Education and Stewardship in the Community

The Nature of Learning is a National Wildlife Refuge System conservation education program that uses national wildlife refuges as outdoor classrooms. Through field experiences and student-led stewardship projects, the Nature of Learning promotes a greater understanding of conservation issues while enhancing student academic achievement. The Nature of Learning typically involves a partnership among local schools, community groups, natural resource professionals and local businesses.

How do I become involved?

Public Lands: Identify a national wildlife refuge in your area and ask about the types of education programs available to schools. 

Volunteers or Friends: There are more than 230 Friends groups associated with our national wildlife refuges. Education on public lands is a central focus of many of these nonprofit organizations. Contacting Friends or other community volunteer groups to help build a "Nature of Learning" team. 

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