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EE bus trip 512x319The 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.

Grays Harbor NWR Education Guide

Request an education guide full of fun and educational activities to integrate into your curriculum throughout the year.

Teacher Training

If you are interested in receiving training on using the Refuge's educational materials or how to take a Refuge field trip, contact the Education Coordinator for more information. Training can be designed for one-on-one assistance or for groups of teachers.

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!  Please note: unfortunately, there are no classroom visits during the 2013/2014 school year.  Classroom visits will begin again during the 2014/2015 school year.

Click here to download the Classroom Presentation Application (pdf file)

Field Trips

Visit the Refuge and extend your students' learning process beyond conventional classroom limits. Complete a field study about shorebirds and a variety of other topics.  Please note:  unfortunately, there are no field trips during the 2014/2014 school year.  Field trips will begin again during the 2014/2015 school year.

Click here to download the Field Study Application (pdf file)


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. The Shorebird Festival takes place the last weekend in April.

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

Click here for the 2014 Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival Poster Contest guidelines (pdf file)

Click here for the 2014 GHSF Poster Contest Entry Form (pdf file)

Click here for a powerpoint presentation 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 Michael Schramm, acting Grays Harbor NWR Education Coordinator, at:

Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
c/o Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
100 Brown Farm Road
Olympia, WA 98516
Phone: (360) 753-9467

Last Updated: Jan 29, 2014
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