For Educators

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The mission of Grays Harbor NWR education program is to work collaboratively with local schools, the community and other educational groups to teach the value of our local ecosystems to students, both young and old.


Classroom Visits

Invite Grays Harbor NWR staff into your 3rd or 4th grade classroom to engage students in interactive learning activities about local habitat, shorebirds, migration and more! Our Shorebird Education Program includes six in-classroom lessons throughout the school year culminating in a field trip to the Refuge during the spring migration. 

We send out the application form for this year-long program to interested teachers each year in September. If you are interested and your school is located in Grays Harbor County, contact the Grays Harbor NWR Education Coordinator for more information.  You can also checkout our flyer below:  Shorebird Education Program Flyer

We also offer one-time shorebird drawing lessons in preparation for the Shorebird and Nature Festival Poster Contest (see below for details). These hour-long lessons blend art and biology together together and highlight the importance of scientific observation through art. The lessons are open to any classroom grades 1 through 6 in Grays Harbor County. To schedule one for your class, contact the Grays Harbor NWR Education Coordinator.

Shorebird Festival Poster Contest

Another way to get your students involved is the Shorebird Festival Poster Contest. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn about shorebirds and their connection to our local ecosystem. The poster contest is open to students in grades 1-6.  For more information about the deadline and how to apply, visit www.shorebirdfestival.com/events/poster or contact the Grays Harbor NWR Education Coordinator. 

The Shorebird Festival takes place during shorebird migration in late April or early May each year, depending on conditions.

(If needed, you may download Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing pdf files)

Click here for the 2020 Shorebird Festival Poster Contest Flyer

Click here for the 2020 Shorebird Festival Poster Contest Entry Form (pdf file)

Click here for reference images of shorebirds and shorebird habitat (ppt file)
This has great pictures of shorebirds to help students with their posters!

For more information about the education program, contact the Grays Harbor NWR Education Coordinator, at:

Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
c/o Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
100 Brown Farm Road
Olympia, WA 98516
Phone: (360) 753-9467
Email: graysharboreducation@fws.gov