For Educators

View of sedge meadow in southwest Big Salt Marsh

Quivira offers a unique outdoor classroom experience.

Quivira has more than 22,000 acres to explore and in which to learn.  Over 40 miles of roads can be driven either within or alongside the Refuge boundaries, and several walking trails, observation platforms, and parking lots allow access to many of Quivira's highlights.  Quivira has the staff, facilities, experience, and other means to offer you and your school, civic group, or other educational organization.  



Environmental Education Classroom (EEC)

Environmental Education Classroom interior  

Located conveniently in the center of Quivira, the Environmental Education Classroom is the primary indoor classroom facility at the Refuge.  It can hold 45 persons, and features with restrooms, drinking water, student work spaces, and a complete audio-visual system.  The EEC is only a short walk from the Migrants Mile Trail, the longest and most popular walking trails at Quivira.  Habitats within walking distance include freshwater marsh, pond, prairie, and woodlot.


Visitor Center 

Located at Quivira's south end the Visitor Center's interpretive displays offer an opportunity for groups to learn about a variety of Quivira management, wildlife, and history.  Restrooms and drinking water are available, as well as a small conference room that holds up to 30 persons.

Students viewing Visitor Center exhibits


Migrants Mile Trail 

An excellent site for use as an outdoor classroom, this trail has two loops, each about 1/2 mile in length.  The inner loop is paved, and offers close views of freshwater marsh, a pond, prairie, and a woodlot.  It is only a short walk from the Environmental Education Classroom, which has restroom facilities both inside and outside the building.

Wooden boardwalk along Migrants Mile Trail


Our goal at Quivira is to make the most out of any visit by a school or other educational group.  

Mission and Goals 

Our educational programs are designed to accomplish the following, in order of priority:


1.  To ensure each group's visit to Quivira is much more than a simple field trip.

2.  Teaching about the mission and goals of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.  In short, we want each group to come away with a clear understanding of who we are and what we do.

3.  To instill an appreciation and understanding of nature, both in an indoor and outdoor setting.

4.  To emphasize hands-on learning as much as is reasonably possible.

5.  To ensure that programs met and/or exceed Kansas State educational standards for the targeted class level.


Contact the Visitor Services Specialist assist you with one or more of the following:

On-site Educational Program 

A variety of curricula, based on Kansas Educational Standards, have been developed for use for Environmental Education programs at Quivira.  Either these programs, one specially designed to suit the needs of a group, or any combination is possible. Classes meet at the Environmental Education Classroom, and have the option of combining indoor and outdoor activities.  Topic-oriented program examples include bird migration, bird songs, identification keys, endangered species, aquatic invertebrates, and prairie plants. 

Off-site Educational Program 


The same, or similar, programming used in On-site Educational Programs can also be brought to your school or other educational organization.  We realize that shortages in budgets make travel away from schools can often be difficult.  Speak with our staff about your educational program needs. 

Teacher Workshops 

We realize that science and related fields are often a challenge for some educators in which to fulfill requirements.  Quivira can assist with science-oriented workshops on subjects such as birds, prairie ecology, endangered species, and other subjects.  These workshops can be held either at Quivira's EEC or at the school itself, and are designed as half- or whole-day workshops on fairly broad subjects (i.e. prairie management, wetland ecology, bird identification, etc.). 

Interpretive Programs 

Community Education is just as important to us at Quivira.  Our staff has a wide variety of educational programs designed for persons aged young adult and over.  Similar to Teacher Workshops, these programs are usually of shorter duration (2-3 hours) and have a narrower focus, such as Whooping Cranes, shorebirds, prairie grasses, and other subjects.


To request programs, use of our EEC, or for any other education questions, call the Visitor Services Specialist at (620)-486-2393.