For Educators

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In light of our changing community and the increased need of educators to be supported through new learning standards, we have decided that this is a perfect time to evaluate and revise our education programs. We have been doing much of the same thing for a decade now and know that we can serve you and your students better.

In order to engage educators and their support staffs while still offering programming throughout the year, we will be making small changes as we go. Please keep posted to this website or contact us to be put on our list for updates. We look forward to engaging you in this process!

If you have further questions after reviewing this website or want to be put on our contact list, send inquiries to RidgefieldEducation@fws.gov.  

  • Field Trips

    In an effort to reorganize programs to align with current resources and the needs of the education community we are currently assessing our ability to lead field trips for the Spring of 2019.  Stay tuned to this site in January about spring offerings.  

    A field trip request form will be available here on February 1st if the Refuge and Friends of RNWR are able to provide onsite guided field trips.  You can also email RidgefieldEducation@fws.gov to sign up for updates.  

    We apologize for any inconvenience and assure the community our intentions are to create programs that offer quality over quantity and focus on the intersection between wildlife and community needs. We are very appreciative of your patience and encourage you to reach out if you are looking for other resources or ideas to support your students.  

    Self-Led Tours: Please let us know if you plan on bringing a group to the Refuge on your own. It is very important for us to know what groups are using which trails so that we do not schedule another group at the same time. We also occasionally have a closure for maintenance or an emergency that we would want to let you know about.

  • Opportunities for Learning on the Refuge

    Any topic can be taught and inspired through nature. Use our trails as your outdoor classroom. We are happy to provide you with advice on creating an educational program that is age appropriate and geared toward your learning objectives.

    Please do check to make sure that your activities are appropriate for the site before visiting and that there are no other schedule groups or maintenance that may inhibit your visit.

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  • Educator Resources

    To supplement your lessons, an Educator's Guide with activities and background information to the site is available.  These documents will help you plan your unit whether you visit the site or learn from your own campus.

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  • Common Questions

    Most questions that you may have are located in the Educator's Guide found in the Educator Resources section. However, here is an easy guide to some of the most common questions asked by groups.

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