For Educators

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Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge offers a small Visitor Center with refuge video and exhibits, a beautiful boardwalk along the Scuppernong River, and wildlife observation opportunities on the refuge.  The refuge's Red Wolf Center also offers a small Visitor Center with red wolf information and two live resident red wolves available for viewing. For assistance in planning a field trip, contact Refuge Volunteer & Program Coordinator Katerina Ramos  at (252) 796-3004 ext. 222 or  


For Educators   

There’s no better place to teach children about the environment than Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge can be an exciting, adventure-filled, and an inspirational experience for your students. It is a chance for children to make their own special connections to nature and wildlife, and for educators to nurture their students’ respect and love for the natural environment outside of the classroom.  After a field trip they will be able to combine a hands-on experience with what they have already learned.

Refuge-led learning programs are offered free of charge to preschool through college classes, including topics such as turtles, Black bears, Red wolves, geocaching, birds, wildlife photography, and more. Visits can be two to four hours.  Arrangements for programming must be made several weeks in advance. Large groups planning to visit are asked to contact the refuge prior to your visit to avoid overcrowding of the facility.

The Refuge Friends group, Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society offers educational transportation grants to assist groups with refuge field trip expenses. Grant information and forms are located on the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society website  
Tips For A Successful Field Trip
  • Familiarize yourself with the refuge and review refuge information and maps of the area. Share this information also with those involved with the trip.  If possible, have a teacher(s) visit the refuge or visitor center before the field trip to become familiar with the facilities.
  • Confirm details about your trip prior to arriving and go over the details including your trip schedule with all of your teachers and chaperones before the field trip. 
  • Prepare your students - Have each teacher review with their students acceptable behavior and the proper clothing to wear at the refuge.  Plan to wear sneakers or closed-toed shoes if you are going to be walking outside.  A hat, sunglasses, and insect repellent are recommended.  Plan to wear something comfortable and  be prepared for changing weather conditions when outdoors.   
  • Water is only available at the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center, so plan on providing water for your students if your trip is out onto the refuge. 
  • There are limited picnic facilities at the Refuge Visitor Center, so plan on bringing a blanket or towels if you will be staying on the premises for lunch.