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 and Interpretive 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 county Arizona. 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 so they can learn from wildlife professionals. 

Free Field Trips 

Bill Williams River Refuge 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. Several day use areas and dike roads can be accessed giving students the opportunity to get up close and personal with area wildlife. Scheduled Monday – Friday, 9AM – 3PM, September – May.

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 wildlife resources around them. Scheduled Monday – Friday, 9AM – 3PM, September – May.

  • 1 hour long programs conveniently fit into a school day

Lessons for both field trips and classroom visits include: 

  • Raptors and their adaptations for hunting
  • Lake Havasu area wildlife presentation

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

 Visit the FWS Learn site for more fun ideas to help teach kids about wildlife