For Educators

School Kids

J. Clark Salyer NWR is an exciting outdoor classroom and we offer educational programs for all seasons.


Field Trips
The Refuge is offering ranger-led or self-guided field trips. Activities are geared toward 3rd-5th grade students, but can be adapted for other grades. Trips can be tailored to meet classroom needs or objectives related to natural resource topics. It is best to make reservations at least two weeks in advance. The Refuge requires 2 adult chaperones for every 10 children and can accommodate up to 40 students per visit.

Classroom Visits

Can't make it out to the Refuge? No problem, we are offering free classroom presentations. The following topics are typically discussed: the history of the Refuge and the National Wildlife Refuge System; wildlife and habitat; endangered species; human impact; and how nature benefits people. Presentations typically last 30-45 minutes and staff would be happy to rotate through multiple classrooms the same day.  Arrangements can be made to visit schools within 60 miles of Upham, ND.

Scouts and Community Groups
The Refuge is a great resource to work on those Scout Nature Merit Badges or 4-H projects. Visitor Services staff can help leaders plan independent or Refuge led programs and projects. Saturday activities can be arranged subject to staff availability.
Educator Resources
The Refuge currently has two “Let's Go Outside” backpacks that are available to borrow for a two week period. The backpacks include various field guides, magnifying glasses, aquatic invertebrate activities and binoculars. We are also working on developing additional materials for loan...stay tuned.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic art- and science-based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles and challenges them to express and share what they have learned with others. In addition, 1st-3rd place national winners in both the art and a conservation message receive scholarship money. The deadline for North Dakota entries is March 15, 2017. 
Junior Duck Stamp Educator Guide (pdf 11.3 MB)
Junior Duck Stamp Youth Guide (pdf 10.1 MB)
Junior Duck Stamp Homeschool Guide (pdf 1.3 MB)

Please email Naomi Baucom-Refuge Ranger or call (701) 768-2548 ext. 125 for more information and to schedule a program. All program offerings are subject to staff availability and on a first-come first-served basis.