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.



Kids' Fishing Pond

Located conveniently near the Visitor Center, it is at the south end of the Refuge.  Designed as a youth pond, anyone 15 and under may fish there, as well as accompanying adults.  It is the only body of water that is regularly stocked with fish (catfish, sunfish, and bass).  Facilities include pit toilet restrooms, a fishing dock, and a small pavilion.  Several walking trails lead from the pond.


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.  

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.  Staff is limited, so any inquiry for programs, tours, or other assistance to visiting groups will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

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 Refuge to assist you with one or more of the following:

On-site Educational Program 

Off-site Educational Program 

Interpretive Programs 


To request programs, or for any other education questions, call  (620)-410-4011.