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 program includes six in-classroom lessons throughout the school year culminating in a field trip to the Refuge during the Spring Migration. We contact teachers for lesson scheduling in September each year. If you are interested and your school is located in Grays Harbor County, contact the Grays Harbor NWR Education Coordinator for more information.
We also offer one-time shorebird drawing lessons in preparation for the Shorebird and Nature Festival Poster Contest (see below for details).
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. 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 2017 Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival Poster Contest guidelines (pdf file)Click here for the 2017 GHSF 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 Refugec/o Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge100 Brown Farm RoadOlympia, WA 98516Phone: (360) 753-9467 Email: email@example.com
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Most of the world's population of Western Sandpipers move through Grays Harbor estuary, some spending two to five days.