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 Locher, by calling (757) 301‐7329 ext.3106 or emailing Erica_Locher@fws.gov.
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The American black duck is a priority species and indicator for the fall-winter migration. While their plumage is actually a very dark brown the birds appear black from any distance. Look for a small iridescent purple speculum (wing patch) when the duck is in flight to help identify these winter visitors. The best time to spot black ducks is from November to February out on Back Bay or in the impoundments on a winter tour with the Blue Goose Tram.