Refuge System interpretation programs provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world. From self-guided walks to ranger-led programs, many national wildlife refuges help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitat behind the landscapes.
In addition to staff and volunteers presenting programs to audiences, refuges use a variety of exhibits, signs, brochures, and electronic media to communicate natural history stories to visitors. Printed and virtual information is often available on many topics, including plants and animals, seasonal migrations, habitats, refuge management strategies, and endangered species.
Through Refuge System interpretation programs, you can learn why nearly all of the critically endangered Whooping Cranes spend the winter at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, about the beneficial role of wildfire to encourage native vegetation to grow at Necedah Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, and thousands of other interesting and informative stories.
Exhibits and films are available at the visitor center, which also houses a small sales outlet offering educational and interpretive products. Interpretive leaflets for hiking may also be found at the visitor center.
The visitor center is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except for Federal holidays during the winter. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Sunday, except for Federal holidays.