For Educators

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Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of opportunities to learn about wildlife and participate in exciting hands on-programs. Self-guided and staff-facilitated programs are available both on and off the refuges at no cost. 

Reservations are limited. Call 985-882-2021 email Park Ranger Diane Barth at diane_barth@fws.gov. 


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Refuge-ology

Grades 4 - 6. On-site - 3 ½ hours (including time for lunch). Students explore how to manage a refuge for a day by gathering information as foresters, biologists, and a member of the fire crew. They’ll use their collected data to make decisions on how the land should be managed. They’ll learn about some of the challenges of maintaining a balance that conserves the habitat and animals and provides sustainable natural resources.

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Endangered Species

Grades 3 – 6. This 45 minutes to one hour classroom presentation explores why species become threatened and 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.”

Creature Features—Build-a-Gator or Build-a-Beaver

Grades K – 3. This 45 minutes to one hour program explores the biological principle of adaptation. Using a costume activity, students will discover the features of a successfully adapted wetland creature. A live animal can be requested.

Creature Features — Skulls

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

Raptor Adaptor

Grades 4 – 6 . A 45 minutes to one hour program exploring the concept of adaptations by discussing Louisiana’s native birds. Students will learn more about the diet of a bird of prey by dissecting an owl pellet.