Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Education

Lessons in a Trunk

Interested in premade lessons for your class? Check out one of our trunks. They are on a first-come, first-served basis, and check outs are for 2 weeks. Contact us via email at bearriver@fws.gov or call our main visitor center number at 435-723-5887.

Going BattyGrades 3 and upGet closer with the only mammal that can fly! This trunk contains lesson plans, activities, and crafts to keep students entertained and thrilled to learn about bats. Lesson plans can range from creating bat origami, making bats out of foam crafts, or learning about bat anatomy with skeletons and unique behaviors through books. 
Build-A-Bird Grades 3 - 5It’s for the birds! This trunk contains materials for, well … building a bird! Learn the crucial components of what makes each type of bird unique. This trunk will help kids learn general traits that all birds have and, depending on the bird’s lifestyle (habitat, diet, how they breed), they will have specific adaptations to help them survive
Build-A-Frog Grades K - 5

Find the fun in frogs! This trunk helps students learn what a frog is, what makes them unique, and the frog life cycle. There are also information sheets to help students learn the basic differences between amphibians and reptiles. 

Build-A-Frog Trunk Lesson Plan

Lesson plan and supplies to build a frog.
Bills & Beaks Grades 3 - 4This trunk helps students understand the concepts of adaptation and natural selection. They will use different tools figure out which beak or bill (tool) will fit the task of retrieving food. 
Build-A-Shorebird Grades 1 - 4She saw shorebirds at the seashore. Students will learn about the unique adaptations that shorebirds have developed to help them survive in the wild. They will also have firsthand experience at being a shore bird themselves as they learn what positive and negative things affect the birds. 
Birds of PreyGrades 3 and upWhy do raptors have so many adaptations and skills? Because they are talon-ted! Learn about some of the crucial adaptations these amazing birds have that help them to survive in almost every environment on the planet! This trunk contains lesson plans and activities on raptor vision, talons, and owl pellets. Supporting materials include raptor artifacts such as real feathers, talons, and skulls, and supporting books and crafts. 
Self-Guided Visit to the Refuge

There are many fun activities for all ages to partake in here at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge! If you are planning on bringing a self-guided group to the Refuge, here are a few activity options you may want to consider!

  Time at the Refuge
1 Hour2 Hours3 to 4 Hours
Grades K-2
  • Explore Exhibit Hall (Ask for Bingo Sheet at Front Desk), or
  • Hike Wetland Wonders Trail, or
  • Nature Play Area
  • Explore Exhibit Hall (Ask for Bingo Sheet at Front Desk), and
  • Hike Bulrush Bridge Trail, or
  • Nature Play Area/Jr. Ranger (Ask for Supplies at Front Desk)
  • Explore Exhibit Hall (Ask for Bingo Sheet at Front Desk), and
  • Hike Bulrush Bridge Trail, and/or
  • Nature Play Area /Jr. Ranger (Ask for Supplies at Front Desk), or
  • Drive Auto Tour Loop
Grades 3-5
  • Explore Exhibit Hall (Ask for Scavenger Hunt at Front Desk), or
  • Hike Bulrush Bridge Trail, or
  • Nature Play Area
  • Explore Exhibit Hall (Ask for Scavenger Hunt at Front Desk), and
  • Watch “Wings of Thunder” Movie, and
  • Hike Marsh Meander Trail, or
  • Nature Play Area /Jr. Ranger (Ask for Supplies at Front Desk)
  • Explore Exhibit Hall (Ask for Scavenger Hunt at Front Desk), and
  • Watch “Wings of Thunder” Movie, and
  • Hike Marsh Meander Trail, and/or
  • Nature Play Area /Jr. Ranger (Ask for Supplies at Front Desk), or
  • Drive Auto Tour Loop
Grades 6-12
  • Explore Exhibit Hall, or
  • Hike Marsh Meander Trail
  • Explore Exhibit Hall, and
  • Watch “Wings of Thunder” Movie, and
  • Hike Marsh Meander Trail 
  • Explore Exhibit Hall, and
  • Watch “Wings of Thunder” Movie, and
  • Hike Marsh Meander Trail, or
  • Drive Auto Tour Loop 
Field Trips

Environmental education and interpretation are a vital part of what we do at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.  A variety of programs and events are offered throughout the year. Groups are welcome, but please call the Refuge to make a reservation before your visit.

A great way to teach children with adults about a host of ecological functions, the importance of wetlands, and the diversity of plant and animal life.  Currently the Refuge does not have the staff to provide activities for all groups that come to the Refuge, but there are support materials available for groups at the Refuge office.  

Teachers/Group leaders - if you are planning a field trip with your school or students, PLEASE contact us in advance to schedule the trip, as we are very busy with visiting groups throughout the year and we want to strive to keep the quality of visit for all groups. Thanks.

Other programs at the Refuge:

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is a great place for kids and to get kids outdoors!  With a variety of youth activities like our Jr. Ranger Program and self-led scavenger hunts, the Refuge is an excellent family-fun destination.

Junior Duck Stamp Program

Students, from kindergarten through twelfth grade are encouraged to enter their artistic renditions of North American waterfowl into the contest. Information on the National Junior Duck Stamp contest can be found at www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program.php.Deadline for Utah state entries is March 1 each year.

Junior Ranger Program

The Refuge has an active Jr. Ranger program - highlighted by our Jr. Ranger Activity backpacks.  These backpacks are available for check out by children and families at our front desk, and are filled with fun tools and guides for exploring the Refuge wetlands and grasslands.  There is also an activity workbook with 15 fun activities, and if participants complete at least 5, they can earn their patch and become an official Bear River Jr. Ranger.