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Field trips are popular at Black Bayou Lake, particularly in the spring. Field trips are booked on a first come, first-served basis so the earlier that a reservation is made the better chance for getting a particular date. Groups must have at least 15 people and a maximum of 100. All field-trips generally include a guided nature walk as well as meeting some of our indoor animals such as snakes and alligators and letting the children touch them. Beyond that specific activities depend on the size of the group and grade level. We can focus walks on a specific area such as adaptations or be more general. 

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 For specific information about what might be possible, contact the refuge ranger, Nova Clarke at 318-387-1114 or Nova_Clarke@fws.gov. Links to reservation forms are below. It is suggested you contact the refuge ranger to make sure that the date is available or provide alternative dates.

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge Educational Field Experience Planning and Reservation Form For Pre-K

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge Educational Field Experience Planning and Reservation Form

Since we are an outdoor environment, we expect teachers to maintain control of their students as safety is our biggest priority. Since we will be walking outside, we ask that teachers ensure that students are dressed appropriately for the environment and are wearing close-toed shoes.

Classes may eat lunch at the refuge at the amphitheater where there is shade and metal benches for students to sit on. All groups are expected to pack out all of their garbage, no trash cans are provided.