For Educators


"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water-bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud-turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, tress to climb, brooks to wade in, water-lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hay fields, pine cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets: and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best of his education."  -Luther Burbank 

There are several different ways you can use the refuge as an outdoor classroom.  Consider taking advantage of several self-guided activities at the refuge that can easily be led by a teacher or other responsible adult.  Ranger/volunteer guided educational visits are available on a limited basis as refuge staffing allows.  March through May is very busy at the refuge, if you are able to, consider visiting at another time of year.  Here is a summary of self-guided and guided options for your educational visit:



Self-Guided Educational Visits

Below are guides for a few activities that you are welcome to use to help you facilitate a self-guided visit to the refuge.  Even though we can't always provide a ranger or volunteer to guide your visit please email or call us at 318-742-1219 to let us know that you plan to do a self-guided group visit to the refuge.  That way we can let you know if another group is planning to be here at the same time.  Please remember to sign-in on our visitor log at the visitor center upon your arrival so that we will know you were here!

Wildlife Challenge Trail Guide (starting from the east)

Wildlife Challenge Trail Guide (starting from the west)

Visitor Center Worksheet (Grades K/1st)

Visitor Center Worksheet (Grades 2nd/3rd)

Visitor Center Worksheet (Grades 4th/5th)

Visitor Center Worksheet (Grades 8+)

Outdoor Nature Scavenger Hunt - COMING SOON!

Nature Discovery Play Area Guide

Headquarters Unit Trail Map  


 Ranger/Volunteer-Guided Educational Visits 

ALL DATES FOR RANGER-GUIDED VISITS ARE BOOKED FOR SPRING 2019.  Please consider a self-guided visit.  See information above regarding self-guided visits.

Ranger/volunteer guided educational visits are available on specific dates as rangers/volunteers are available and are free of charge.  Groups must have more than 12 people, but no more than 60 on a single day, and depending on refuge volunteer availability we may ask adult chaperones to help lead some activities.  Refuge rangers and volunteers are usually able to provide 1.5-2 hours of guided activity between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.  You are welcome to stay longer than 2 hours but will need to self-guide that part of your visit.  To begin begin the reservation process, please see what dates are available for a visit and begin the registration process online through the following portals.  

Winter/Spring 2019

You'll need to "select date", "register", "checkout", complete the form, and "complete registration" to send your reservation request.  You will get an automated email response upon completing the form, but please note that your reservation process is not complete until a refuge ranger or volunteer contacts you directly by email or phone to plan the details of your visit.  

Ranger/Volunteer-Guided Homeschool Classes

A set schedule of 2 hour monthly classes for homeschool students.  Please visit our homeschool class website for registration information.

Nature Tots

 An hour-long family program geared toward children ages 3-5.  Nature Tots takes place at 10:30 AM on the 1st Saturday of most months, check our calendar of events on our homepage to check for current dates. 

Summper Camps

Visit our summer camps webpage to learn about what camps the refuge offers and how you can register for them. 

Please check our homepage for a calendar of special events that are open to the public!