Resources for Educators

Children on a pier holding dipnets exploring aquatic life

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

  • Field Trip: Refuge-ology

    Ranger leading children on a nature hike

    Grades 4 - 6. Field trip opportunity at the Refuge - 3 ½ hours (including time for lunch). Students will explore how to manage a Refuge for a day by gathering information as foresters, biologists, and a fire management specialist. Students will use their collected data to make decisions on how the land might be managed and explore some of the challenges of maintaining a balance that conserves the habitat and wildlife while providing opportunities for recreation and sustainable natural resources.

  • Bayou Lacombe Center

    Sign that says Southeast Louisiana Refuge Headquarters

    Interactive displays and exhibits will introduce students to the rich natural heritage of the area as they explore the native wildlife and habitats found at eight National Wildlife Refuges in Southeast Louisiana. An indoor visit to the Bayou Lacombe Center can be paired with outdoor learning activities on the grounds of the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Headquarters in Lacombe which includes 110 acres of trails, wetlands, and historic gardens.

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  • Creature Features

    Small alligator on a log in the water

    Grades K – 3. Takes 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 courtesy 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 Program uses art and science to teach K-12 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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