For Educators


The National Elk Refuge frequently offers lessons to groups of students. Whether they're young children or adult learners, the public use staff looks forward to enhancing a visit to the refuge with educational programming.

The National Elk Refuge has a very limited staff to provide off site lessons. However, naturalists and volunteers are often available to give presentations to school groups that visit the refuge. 

Many teachers bring students to the refuge in winter, when an abundance of wildlife can easily be seen. Often, teachers arrange to take a winter sleigh ride in conjunction with a naturalist lesson. The sleigh ride contractor offers discounted rates for groups taking a sleigh ride, including school classrooms.

During the summer, various children's day camps and organized groups visit the historic Miller Ranch. The original home of Robert and Grace Miller, which was built in 1898, is an outstanding location for lessons focused on homesteading and history. Volunteers also present lessons on the visitor center lawn to children's groups that call ahead to schedule a field trip.

Regardless of the season, teachers are encouraged to have a list of learning outcomes prepared prior to scheduling a naturalist presentation. This will allow the staff to design a lesson suited to the curriculum and students' unit of study. Teachers may call the Visitor Center Manager at (307) 739-9322 to schedule a program.

In addition to scheduling programs at the National Elk Refuge, consider utilizing tools provided on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Let's Go Outside! website. Let’s Go Outside! is a U.S. Fish & Wildlife sponsored program, encouraging children to connect with nature. The site is an excellent source for information on the value of incorporating natural areas into a student’s learning environment.