No matter the age of the child, the subject matter being presented, or the experience of the teacher, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful destination to teach and inspire. Just 20 minutes north of the Interstate 5 bridge, this Refuge uniquely offers opportunities for both environmental and cultural education to students of all ages.
If you have further questions after reviewing this website, send inquiries to RidgefieldEducation@fws.gov.
Field Trips for Fall 2016
Fall 2016 programming will be limited due to staff resources. Availability of guides for the Plankhouse and the trail is yet to be determined. Groups no larger than two classes are encouraged to submit a request as soon as possible. Please see the Planning Your Field Trip Page for the new online request form and more information on how to prepare your class for an outdoor learning experience.
NOTE: To increase efficiency, all requests must be submitted via the new online form. Previous paper versions are no longer being accepted.
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. Learn More
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.
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.Learn More
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.Learn More