Resources for Educators

Wood ducks

Below are some additional resources for your students before (or after) leading your group to the Complex.

  • Pre Post Activities for Group

  • Junior Duck Stamp Curriculum

    JDS Curriculum

    This curriculum focuses on the conservation of waterfowl and wetland habitats. It is designed for students in grades 5–8, with adaptations for K–4 and 9–12. There are tips for adapting activities for early elementary and high school students.

    Educators will find a variety of information and resources in the Educator Guide to take the guesswork out of designing a Junior Duck Stamp program or to enhance an existing program. Resources from general waterfowl and wetlands information to standards correlations will help meet educator and student needs. Suggestions for adapting content to lower or higher grades are provided in the Unit-by-Unit guides.

    Contact the Complex to receive a digital or hard copy.

    Visit the national page to download a copy of the youth and educator guides (they work together) and in addition download the homeschool and nonformal curriculum guides. Guides may take a few minutes to download in pdf format.

  • Junior Duck Stamp Art Bin

    JDS art traveling art bin

    If you are participating in the Junior Duck Stamp Program and are in need of supplies, borrow this traveling art bin for a couple of weeks. Materials include: classroom sized packages of colored pencils, crayons, and oil pastels, 9x12" paper, bird identification books, how to draw ducks, JDS curriculum, duck wings and feet, and much more! View the poster and fill out an application (pdf). Bins are available to ship anywhere in California.

  • Borrow Resources from the Complex

    Disc Pack

    Borrow a video! Check out the video list.

    Wild about Wetlands Kits are also available for loan. These reusable kits provide elementary students and their teachers with three weeks of easy-to-use activities and all materials needed for hands-on learning about wetlands, animals, and habitat restoration. Learn more about the kits. Call the Complex for more information and availability or use the reservation form.

    Discovery Packs are great for educators, scouting groups, and individuals that would like to engage in a more in-depth exploration. The Packs include binoculars, field guides, plant mounts, bug boxes, lenses, dip nets, and other materials to facilitate five self-guided and intriguing activities. See what activites are included

  • Download Activities

    Birds of the Sacramento NWR (ID sheet)

    Birds of the Sacramento River NWR (ID sheet)

    Field Guide 101

    Junior Duck Stamp Activities 1 (pdf, 7,715 KB): Nest Mania, Exploring the Flyways, Cartoons and Bumper Stickers, Waterfowl Fortunes, Artificial Nest Construction, and the Restoration Process

    Junior Duck Stamp Activities 2 (pdf, 367 KB): Here, There or Anywhere, The Right Tool for the Right Job, Marsh Muck, Where do we Belong, and Wetlands with a Mission

    Junior Duck Stamp Activities 3 (pdf, 1,134 KB): Warm Ups and Cool Downs, The Feature Attraction, Wild Wetland Activities, Wetland Water, and Wetland Webs

    Junior Duck Stamp Activities 4 (pdf, 1,387 KB): What's in the Environment, Hunting for Conservation, Fun with Haiku, California--A Migration Station, and Marshland Marketing


  • Schoolyard Habitats

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service works with schools in creating an outdoor classroom and wildlife habitat right outside the school.

    Learn More
  • Other Links

    Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Sleuth K-12 Lesson Plans

     California Waterfowl - offers programs for schools in Sacramento and Yolo Counties

    Free videos to watch about habitats.


    California Regional Environmental Education Communities (CREEC)
    CREEC is is an educational project whose mission is to develop a communication network which provides educators with access to high quality environmental education resources to enhance the environmental literacy of California students.

    Point Blue (formally Point Reyes Bird Observatory)
    The PRBO is a non-profit organization with a mission to conserve birds and the environment using science to understand and find solutions to problems threatening wildlife populations and ecosystems.

    Owl Pellets - learn about owls and their diet! The refuge can provide small quantities of unsanitized pellets straight from the wild for free. Here are some other organizations that offer them as well: Pellets Inc. and Acorn Naturalists.