For Educators

“In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum, Senegalese poet

By incorporating Environmental Education curriculum, teachers can integrate science, math, language arts, and history into one interactive lesson. Environmental Education helps students understand how their decisions and actions affect the environment and facilitates the ability to connect, respect and appreciate nature. Taking a class outside or bringing nature indoors provides an excellent context for learning and fosters a new generation of informed stewards for the planet.

The Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge offers free environmental education programs to residents of Mohave and La Paz counties. Schools, girl and boy scouts, homeschools and nature clubs are welcome to experience Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge with their students or members. Our staff offers free field trips or classroom visits and will work with you to develop a program that fits your curriculum needs. 

Free Field Trips 

Bill Williams River is a great place to explore, learn and enjoy all that the wonderful outdoors has to offer. Bring your students to the refuge so they can get a hands-on, outdoor experience with a variety of songbirds, migratory waterfowl, mammals and reptiles found at our refuge. Our visitor center has displays so students can see the ecology of the area. Our environmental education center can accommodate large groups for presentations in a comfortable setting. Accessible trails allow students to explore using their senses, rounding out the education experience.

  • Scheduled Monday – Friday, 9AM – 3PM, September – May
  • Customized programs to fit your needs

Free Classroom Presentations

Your students can experience the refuge and the Mohave Desert without ever leaving the classroom. A visit from refuge staff can supplement your classroom curriculum and provide a fun way for your students to learn about the environment around them. Utilizing Arizona state standards for education, our programs are curriculum-based and often include a hands-on activity for your students.

  • Scheduled Monday – Friday, 9AM – 3PM, September – May
  • 1 hour long programs conveniently fit into a school day
  • Grade appropriate, curriculum-based programs
  • Customized programs to fit your needs

Lessons for both field trips and classroom visits include: 

  • Birds, reptiles and mammals of the Mohave and their adaptations
  • Astronomy
  • Animal camouflage
  • Invasive species
  • Arachnids
  • Bats
  • Seed distribution and plants
  • Project WET Arizona
  • Clouds
  • Food chains and webs

    Contact the refuge to schedule a visit at (928) 667-4144 or email for more information.

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