For Educators

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Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge offers a unique outdoor classroom experience.

Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge has more than 18,000 acres to explore and in which to learn.  Over 40 miles of roads can be driven either within or alongside the Refuge boundaries, and several walking trails, observation platforms, and parking lots allow access to many of Flint Hill's highlights.  Flint Hills NW has the staff, facilities, experience, and other means to offer you and your school, civic group, and other organizations educational opportunities.

Visitor Center 

Located at Flint Hills headquarters the Visitor Center's interpretive displays offer an opportunity for groups to learn about a variety of Flint Hills management, wildlife, and history.  Restrooms and drinking water are available, as well as a conference room.

 Visitor Center 

Auto Tour Loop 

Flint Hills NWR has an auto tour loop for your enjoyment or on days when weather does not  cooperate with outdoor activities.  There are informational signs located throughout the loop and wetlands full of wildlife for observation. The tour loop is located in the Indian Hill Section of the refuge.  From the visitor center you will travel back out to West Maple Ave and make a left turn.  You will go two-eighths a mile and make a right turn on the black top (RD Y5) heading south out of town.  You will then turn left on 18th lane and following that until you see Refuge signs and a parking lot starting the tour loop.   The tour loop is subject to closure, check with Refuge office for current status.

Auto The tour loop was constructed in 2012

Nature Trails 


Townsite Trail 

The 0.8-mile Townsite Trail meanders through a wooded area along the Neosho River just north of Hartford.  In fact, the area was once part of the town of Hartford, but it was cut off from the rest of the town when the reservoir was built.  Today nature has reclaimed the area. 


Burgess Trail 

The Burgess trail is 0.16-mile concrete trail and has a wildlife observation boardwalk.  The trail allows visitors an elevated access into the marsh.  Visitors may see wading birds, waterfowl, and shorebirds in the wetland areas.  Along the shaded path leading to the board walk, visitors may see songbirds and woodpeckers.  The trail is handicap accessible.  

 Burgess 1Observation deck 

Dove Roost Trail 

The 0.7-mile Dove Roost Trail circles Dove Roost Pond, passing through native tallgrass prairie and heavily wooded habitats.  An observation tower near the parking area provides an excellent view of migratory waterfowl resting on John Redmond Reservoir.  Eagle Point, a rocky outcropping, provided a good observation area for eagle watchers in the winter. 


Our goal at Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge is to make the most out of any visit by a school or other groups.  

Mission and Goals 

Our educational programs are designed to accomplish the following, in order of priority:


1.  To ensure each group's visit to Flint Hills is much more than a simple field trip.

2.  To instill an appreciation and understanding of nature, both in an indoor and outdoor setting.

3.  To emphasize hands-on learning as much as is reasonably possible.


Contact the Refuge Office at 620-392-5553 to assist you.