Refuge-Guided Programs


Refuge staff and volunteers can be scheduled to provide guided programs for youth or school groups. At least one chaperone or teacher must be present per 10 students. We require a minimum of 10 people in the target audience to reserve a refuge-guided program. For instance for a scout/cub group it would need to be 10 scouts/cubs excluding family members. Small groups, such as scouts, may want to consider attending our weekend nature programs, Iroquois Observations, to meet requirements for earning badges. The maximum number we can accommodate is 60 including chaperones and teachers. Chaperones and/or teachers are responsible for maintaining control of the group.

Currently we can only accommodate a limited number of refuge-guided programs. We require at least 3 weeks advance notice to determine whether we can host your group. 

Programs can be scheduled weekdays to begin within the hours of 9 am – 2 pm, year round. Programs must end by 4 pm when the office closes. Weekend programs are limited please call to check availability. Programs may be led by refuge staff or volunteers.

Groups have the option of scheduling either one or more sections below for a maximum of 2 hours.

  • A naturalist led audio-visual program about the refuge (1 hour) this includes time to view exhibits in the visitor contact station.
  • A naturalist led trail walk. (1 hour) We will talk about management practices on the refuge and identify plants and animals we may see on the trail. We generally use Kanyoo Nature Trail which has a 0.66 mile long loop which can be easily walked in one hour or less. Groups that exceed 15 people will be divided into smaller groups with a leader assigned to each group. Programs are geared for each age group.
  • A visit to Cayuga Overlook. View birds (possibly a bald eagle) that use the marsh below. We have loaner binoculars and can also bring a spotting scope to get a closer look at life on the marsh.

You must provide transportation for your group, including from the visitor center to the trail/overlook and back.