For Educators


Necedah National Wildlife Refuge provides a unique experience for youth of all ages to discover and explore wildlife in its natural habitat. Programming provided throughout the year incorporates hands-on learning in the outdoor classroom.

  • D.I.V.E.


    D.I.V.E. --Discovery Infused Virtual Education 

     Join refuge rangers virtually for an introduction to an exciting refuge topic. Afterwards your family or class can explore nature or even visit the trails at the refuge with the provided outdoor activity! Groups have the option to also schedule a second virtual visit for a project wrap up and sharing. 

    Classroom sizes limited to 30 students. To view our program offerings, check out our catalog below. For any questions or to schedule a session, contacts me at or 608-472-9203.

     2021 D.I.V.E. Program Catalog

  • Field Trips


    In-person field trips temporarily paused. See D.I.V.E. for alternative option.

    Bring your students on a field trip to the refuge to discover and explore wildlife in its natural habitat anytime of the year. Each field trip is grade specific and correlated to WI Academic Standards.

    Field trips are free, can accommodate up to 100 students, and last approximately 4 hours. For availability and scheduling, contact the Education Coordinator at 608-565-4403.

  • Scout Programs


    The Visitor Center is a great resource for troops to conduct self-guided visits, work with a naturalist to complete badges, or participate in leadership roles fulfilling Eagle Scout requirements.

    Scout programs are free, can accommodate up to 20 scouts, and last up to 3 hours. For availability and scheduling, contact the Education Coordinator at 608-565-4403.


    Girl Scout Programs


    Boy Scout Programs

  • Summer Nature Camps


    Students in grades 1-6 are invited to participate in summer nature camps provided by educational specialists. Participants engage in outdoor adventure and hands-on nature activities that lead to a deeper appreciation of the outdoor world.

    For availability and scheduling, contact the Education Coordinator at 608-565-4403.


    Annual Application 

  • Classroom Visits


    For classes unable to visit the refuge, naturalist will deliver hands-on nature programs to area schools.

    For availability and scheduling, contact the Education Coordinator at 608-565-4403.

  • Jr. Duck Stamp Contest


    Attention young artists in grades K-12: put your art skills to the test by submitting renderings of waterfowl into Wisconsin’s annual Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Contest entries due annually by March 15th. 


    Download entry forms, eligible species lists, and view the complete contest rules at the Federal Jr. Duck Stamp website.

  • After School Programs


    Necedah National Wildlife Refuge offers educational programs for at-risk, low-income elementary and middle school students that challenge them with outdoor explorations, observation, and poblem solving activities.

  • Education Facility


    Step into the 44,000 acre outdoor classroom at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge! Educational groups are invited to explore ADA accessible hiking trails, walk the boardwalks, climb the observation tower, and immerse themselves in the mosaic of habitats found on the refuge.

    The Visitor Center is equipped with a large classroom, interactive exhibits, small theater, gift shop, indoor and outdoor restrooms, and bus parking. These facilities are open for year round programming, serving as a gateway to the refuge.

  • Educational Resources


    Binoculars, field guides, Let’s Go Outside Backpacks, Jr. Refuge Manager booklets, and snowshoes are available seasonally for check out from the Visitor Center. All resource items are on a first come, first serve basis, and only available during Visitor Center hours. For availability and scheduling, contact the Visitor Center at 608-565-2551.

  • Schedule a Program

    Advanced reservations are required for all educational groups visiting Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Reservations are processed on a first come, first served basis. 

    For more information, contact the Education Coordinator at:



  • Program Costs

    All educational programs are free. A variety of equipment including binoculars, dip nets, and hand lenses are available at no charge for group use. Please note that groups are responsible for replacing any equipment that is lost or damaged.

  • Lunch

    Educational groups must provide their own lunch. Refuge staff strongly encourages “no-trash” lunches and requires on-site recycling of paper, plastics, and aluminum.