For Educators


Imperial National Wildlife Refuge offers free educational opportunities.


Which of these free educational opportunities fits the needs of your students?

Self–guided Field Trip: Painted Desert Trail Hike
Educators – Bring you students for a self-guided walk on the 1.3 mile nature trail that winds through the desert. Students will learn about the Sonoran Desert, animal and plant adaptations, and geologic history.

Visitor Center
The visitor center has a variety of interactive exhibits about the Sonoran desert, Colorado River, and refuge management. Students will learn about desert wildlife like bighorn sheep and some of the refuge’s endangered species, including the Yuma clapper rail and southwestern willow flycatcher. Visit the observation tower for an opportunity to see migratory birds making use of the nearby habitat, refuge-managed marsh units and native cottonwood and willow communities along the Colorado River.