Interpretation and Environmental Education

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Visitors can learn about the wildlife, habitat, and history of Harris Neck NWR by stopping at the Visitor Contact Station and exploring the interactive interpretive exhibits there.  This facility is normally open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  There are also a series of wayside interpretive panels located along the 4-mile wildlife drive.

Kids 5-12 years of age can become Junior Refuge Managers by completing a booklet of wildlife-related activities that will get them outside and exploring the natural world.  Booklets may be picked up at the Visitor Contact Station and returned there when completed.  Backpacks containing a set of binoculars and bird books are also available for check-out.  

Environmental education programs and guided interpretive tours are available for school, civic, and conservation groups by appointment only. These tours are generally given by either staff or trained refuge volunteers and require a minimum of two weeks' notice.

Guided interpretive tours for individuals and families can be arranged through our Special Use Permit holders.  These are private, commercial or non-profit organizations that maintain a permit with the Service in order to conduct business on the refuge.  Click on the links below to learn more about the refuge's two current Special Use Permittees:

Wilderness Southeast: Guided interpretive/educational tours

Beach Cottage Photography:  Nature Photography Tours and Workshops

Upcoming Interpretive Programs

Wildlife Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM

Get the kids outdoors and back to nature with a fun, educational wildlife scavenger hunt. Two programs will be offered, one at 10:00 AM, the other at 2:00 PM. Both programs will begin at the Harris Neck NWR Visitor Contact Station and will involve a short walk outside; please dress accordingly. The program is FREE; no registration is required. In the event of rain, the program will be cancelled.


Toddler Time: Touch & Tell
Every Friday in October (2014) at 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM

Join us for this hands-on, indoor program geared towards children ages 4 and 5. Children will learn about the plants and wildlife that can be seen on the refuge. A short walk with parents and children will take place after the program, so please dress accordingly. The program is FREE and will be held at the Harris Neck NWR Visitor Contact Station. Space is limited; registration is required. Please call (912) 832-4608.