Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
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Field Trips at Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge

Group enjoying a hiking trail on the refuge. Credit: USFWS

Group enjoying a hiking trail on the refuge. Credit: USFWS

Environmental education is one of the primary objectives of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Tennessee NWR is an excellent place to bring a class to conduct hands-on environmental education activities and programs. Because of the diverse habitat types found at the refuge, there is ample feeding, nesting, and resting areas for 582 species of wildlife. It is a premier area for viewing wildlife, habitat diversity, and natural processes. Each field trip is tailor made to address the needs of your students or group Access to the refuge and facilities are free.

To better plan your visit, whether it is a self-guided or ranger led, the refuge staff encourages group leaders to contact the Paris office first. The difference between making your field trip a powerful learning experience depends on how well you and your students are prepared. An excellent way to prepare for a field trip is to visit the refuge prior to your class trip. Suggested areas to visit include the Britton Ford Hiking Trail, complete with an outdoor classroom and the V.L. Childs Observation Deck in Henry County, or program at Duck River Bottoms in Humphreys County.


Last updated: February 13, 2014