For Educators

Students investigating the wetland environment

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge provides many opportunities for learning. Through environmental education programs, students meet curriculum goals while connecting with nature.

For more information on use of the visitor center for classes or meetings, or to schedule a visit to the refuge, please contact:

Alyssa Lu at 712-388-4800 or by email at

 Educational Opportunities

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge partners with the Blair Community School District (NE) and students make repeat visits to the refuge each year. They explore the refuge through the seasons and learn more about the wildlife in their own backyard.  The refuge also partners with Edison Elementary in Omaha for 6th grade students and West Harrison 3rd and 5th grade classes for a yearlong Refuge experience.  These partnership include school visits by rangers and field trips to the refuge. 

See the Blair Community Schools/DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Outdoor Education Partnership Curriculum Guide for lesson ideas for your own classes.  LARGE FILE. It may taken longer than usual to download.

Other schools are also served for single visit field trips to the refuge that are facilitated with activity guides and other assistance from refuge staff.  See our Educator Information Guide for more details.  

Activity Sheets:
Activity Sheet- Upper Elementary 
Key- Upper Elementary 
Activity Sheet- Middle School 
Key- Middle School

For more information or to schedule a visit to the refuge, please contact Alyssa Lu at 712-388-4800 or by email at