For Educators

School Groups at Eagle Days at Mingo NWR

The diversity of plants, wildlife and habitat at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge provides for great learning opportunities for all age groups.

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge provides great hands-on learning opportunities to discover the plants, wildlife and habitat of southeast Missouri. Interested teachers can plan a self-guided field trip to Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. Note: The entrance fee is waived for all school group visits.

Self-guided Field Trips:

•The Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center provides interactive exhibits on the plants, wildlife, habitat and history of Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.  Students can watch an 8 minute video discussing the purpose of the refuge within the the theater.  A bookstore is operated in the building that has nature/refuge-related books, shirts, hats and toys. 

•The Swampwalk Nature Trail is a self-guided 1 mile loop that winds through the bottomland hardwood forest of Mingo Refuge. While on the hike keep your eyes and ears open for any signs of wildlife as deer, owls and ducks are often spotted along the trail.

Bluff Road provides a great drive through the southern portion of the refuge with turkey and deer being a common sight along the drive.

Red Mill Drive is a one-way road that winds up through the eastern portion of the refuge. During the winter months this route provides great viewing opportunities for wintering waterfowl and bald eagles.

Flatbanks Area offers a picturesque view of the Mingo River and offers great access to the water’s edge. This is an optimal place for a pond study or for fishing trip. It also is a great place for a picnic.


Environmental Education Programs:

Refuge staff is happy to work with you on providing a unique environmental education program for your class's visit to Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.  These refuge-led programs are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis dependent on staff availability and are limited to Thursdays and Fridays of each week. Teachers must be able to split up the students into groups of no more than 30 for the programs. To inquire about scheduling programs contact the refuge office at 573-222-3589 or email Environmental education program topics can be tailored to fit specific grade levels and curriculum needs.