Environmental education is a learning process that increases people's knowledge and awareness about the environment and associated challenges, develops the necessary skills and expertise to address the challenges, and fosters attitudes, motivations, and commitments to make informed decisions and take responsible action (United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization).
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge offers hands on nature studies allowing students to experience several habitats on the refuge – from tidal salt marsh to freshwater impoundments, bayshore, upland fields, and forests. The hands on activities provide a way for students to connect with the natural environment, develop skills to understand complex environmental issues, and foster attitudes that help them appreciate the connection between, people, wildlife, and habitat.
Teachers select from a variety of programs to meet the needs of the class’s curriculum. Teachers are encouraged to create and facilitate their own programs on the refuge with limited assistance from refuge personnel. Refuge personnel provide guidance on appropriate topics and methods that align with the mission and purpose of the refuge. For current programs, visit For Educators.