Resources For Educators

Children in a classroom raising their hands

Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge offers FREE environmental education field trips and FREE classroom visits to learn about wildlife. Our Refuge Rangers can tailor a classroom visit/school outreach program or field trip to what you are studying in the classroom. Or, pick from one of the programs listed below. For more information or to arrange a program contact Refuge Ranger Diane Barth at 985-882-2021 or Diane_barth@fws.gov

Download an education program brochure at this link. (1.6 MB PDF)

  • Field Trip Opportunities

    Ranger leading children on a nature hike

    Take your classroom on a field trip to Bayou Sauvage to experience wildlife, wetlands, and ecology principles first-hand. In the Habitat is Where It’s At program, geared to grades 4-6, students will explore the vital importance of habitat and wetlands and may also investigate concepts of adaptation, competition, succession, and bird migration. This 3.5 hour program includes time for lunch.

  • Creature Features

    A small alligator on a log

    Grades K – 3. 45 minutes to one-hour long. Creature Features brings science fun to your classroom, exploring the biological principle of adaptation using a costume activity featuring Louisiana native wildlife. Students will examine the features of a wetland creature — either a beaver or an alligator — to discover biological principles.

  • Skulls

    skull of a carnivore

    Grades 4 - 6. 45 minutes to one-hour long. This classroom program explores the concept of physical adaptations in wildlife by exploring the features of animal skulls. Students will identify the differences between carnivores, herbivores and omnivores while studying the physical features of these types of animals.

  • Raptor Adaptor

    Mississippi Kite perched on a branch

    Grades 4 – 6 . 45 minutes to one-hour long. This classroom science lesson explores the concept of adaptations in some of Louisiana’s native birds. Students will learn more about the diet of a bird of prey by dissecting an owl pellet.

  • Endangered Species

    Louisiana black bear eating forbs courtesey  Pam Mcllhenny

    Grades 3 – 6. 45 minutes to one-hour long. This classroom program explores why species become threatened or endangered and what can be done to protect them. Through the use of a power point and actual wildlife items confiscated through the illegal world trade, we will look at both exotic species and some found in “our backyard”.

  • Junior Duck Stamp Program

    Two Tundra Swans in flight Jr Duck Stamp 2017-2018

    The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program uses art and science to teach K-12th grade students about the value of wetlands and waterfowl. Through a multidisciplinary education curriculum and a national art contest, students explore topics covering waterfowl, wetland habitat, and ways to conserve both.

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