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

  • Guided Field Trips

    2019 Education Programs Postponed 

     

    Field trips for both formal and information educational groups will not be offered during this time while staff spend time working on program revision and revitalization. Resources will be focused on creating a more solid structure for education programs now and into the future. By assessing community needs and available resources we will be able to revise and improve program outcomes and evaluation processes. 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.  

     

    Click here for a Letter from Park Ranger Josie Finley explaining this project. 

  • Self-Led Tours

    We welcome educators of all kinds to bring their students to the Refuge as part of a larger curriculum and student development.  Even though we are not able to supply educators to lead you at this time, there is a lot of opportunity to experience the Refuge on your own, especially with good planning.

    Here are the requirements and suggestions for leading at group on the Refuge:

     

    • Visit the Refuge beforehand to understand the trail system, how to get here, and how you can best use the facilities. Remember there are two entrances that offer different experiences. Bus drivers will need to be given specific addresses as not to eat up time going to the wrong side.
    • Plan to bring one or two classes at a time.  Each Refuge unit can not accommodate more than this without staff involvement.  One class is ideal but we understand that a class at a time is not always possible for schools. If one class is on the trail the other one will need to be active in another activity.
    • Plan your schedule and activities out in a way that spreads students out in smaller groups and gives both humans and wildlife a chance to experience their surroundings.  All students in one place not only creates a disturbing effect to wildlife, it also greatly decreases observation and learning opportunities.   
    • Let Refuge staff know when you will visit.  This way we can alert you of other activities or groups visiting and if there are any maintenance or emergency closures that day. This is also a great opportunity to check with staff to ensure your activities are appropriate for the site. 
    • Remember to teach the Leave No Trace Ethic.  There is no picking or collecting of anything on the Refuge and everything packed in must be packed out (including lunch garbage).  Use this website to learn more about site, possible connections to your classroom curriculum, and how to use this outdoor classroom appropriately.  
    • Self-Led tours of the Plankhouse are NOT available.

      Email RidgefieldEducation@fws.gov to be put on the schedule and to ask any questions that are not answered through the links on this website.  

       

    • 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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