Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
-William Butler Yeats
If you're looking for a FREE and fun experience, come to the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge for a field trip! Come check out our new hands-on exhibits, watch films or dissect owl pellets in our classroom, hike the Grassy Island Interpretive Hiking Trail, canoe with the Refuge's provided canoes, collect macro-invertebrates, enjoy learning about local animals by seeing and feeling animal pelts, etc. Did I mention this was all FREE? Bring your bus for an interpretive tour of our refuge during the winter to view a variety of species of ducks and geese, bald eagles, and other animals.
Twenty-five sets of binoculars are available for children to use for refuge field trips.
Twenty-five Discovery Backpacks are also available for checkout at the refuge or for classroom activities. Please call and reserve backpacks for large groups.
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If you're on a tight budget, refuge staff can come to you! Through outdoor activities, short films, power-points, art, and seeing a few live critters up close, children and teachers will enjoy learning about the rich, diverse refuges of West Tennessee.
Various programs are available to any school in Obion, Lake, Dyer, Tipton, Lauderdale and Haywood counties. Here is a list of a few of the programs we can offer. Each program lasts approximately 30-45 minutes.
The Reelfoot NWR can set up a booth at any of the following events;
For more information, contact the Refuge Headquarters.
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As far as looks go, there is none more stunning than the wood duck. A lovely mixture of colors and patterns decorate the plumage of this species of waterfowl. Although their looks are flamboyant, their nature is not. Wood ducks are shy, elusive creatures that often frequent wooded areas. Unlike most other waterfowl, they will perch and nest in trees.