Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place for students to learn about the environment and experience the natural world! Educational and interpretive visits can be arranged with refuge staff and volunteers. Educators are also welcome to use the refuge's facilities and equipment to conduct their own environmental lessons.
All visits must be arranged in advance by calling Ranger Tom Miller at 410-221-8156 or by emailing Thomas_J_Miller@fws.gov. If you are seeking a staff-led program, please contact us as far in advance as possible. We also recommend having several optional dates for your visit. Because of our small staff size, we ask that group sizes be limited to 75 students. We are happy to accommodate large schools over multiple days.
All activities related to environmental education are free to any educational group. Programs can be designed to accommodate young children and special populations. The Wildlife Drive entrance fee is waived for all educational-institution guided tours. The Visitor Center is free to all.
The Junior Duck Stamp program combines science and art into a fun learning experience for students. Click here to learn more about Junior Duck Stamp program in Maryland and for a link to the Federal Junior Duck Stamp resource pages. If you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact Tom Miller at the number above.
Visit the wildlife picture quizzes page and list of education resources on the Friends of Blackwater website.
Also, visit the Raptor Cams page on this website to learn more about the Blackwater Refuge Osprey Cam and Eagle Cam, which schools can access via the Friends of Blackwater website. The raptor cams have provided thousands of students with a rare look at the nesting behaviors of these two entertaining species.
Email or call the Refuge for information on obtaining a copy of the "Blackwater Environmental Education Manual" or for information on using the environmental education building located at the entrance to the Wildlife Drive.
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The Delmarva peninsula fox squirrel (DFS) is a large tree squirrel that lives in mature hardwood and pine forests throughout the Delmarva peninsula. Recently removed from the endangered species list, this squirrel is still a rarity on the eastern shore, with Blackwater refuge hosting the largest natural population.