Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers Environmental Education Workshops to help orient educators to the refuge, to familiarize you with the outdoor classroom sites, trails, and interpretive facilities, and to introduce you to sample activities which can be utilized with your students. It is highly recommended that you attend a session so that you will be better prepared to assist your students in outdoor classroom activities.
When you attend the workshop, you will be provided with a folder or binder of materials designed to introduce you to the educational programs and equipment resources. It is also possible to earn teacher certification points from this workshop.
If you are interested in attending a workshop, please contact Visitor Services Specialist, Erica Ryder, by calling (757) 301‐7329 ext.3106 or emailing Erica_Ryder@fws.gov.
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American bitterns are year-round inhabitants of Virginia Beach and members of the heron family. These birds are typically very shy and secretive, hiding among reeds and grasses along the edges of lakes and bays. There are a few very friendly bitterns at Back Bay though, so keep your eyes peeled and camera ready next time you are in the area. Their camouflage is excellent so we must be attentive to detail to spot these beautiful birds.