Environmental Education Programs

Students looking at a skull

The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex welcomes groups to take part in our environmental education programs. Programs/activities are available by reservation only and can take place at Sacramento, Colusa, Llano Seco, or at your school. Please contact staff if you need special accommodations or to tailor a program for your educational group (college, adults, scouts, etc.).

2020-2021 Programs

All programs will be virtual.

We will be partnering with Gear Up through UC Davis for 8th and 9th graders to conduct virtual programs. Learn more here

We can schedule some virtual programs. Programs will be approximately 30 minutes. We will present via the school or teacher's virtual program. Outside the program activities will be provided.

For 1-3 graders: Nature's Nest (about eggs, nests, and birds)
For 4-7 graders: Migration Madness (about snow geese and migration)
For 6-7 graders: Who Am I? (endangered species)

Educational Program form and reservation form

See some of our other virtual programs on the Kids page.

Pre and post worksheets for your group here.

Reminder that we have free passes for 4th and 5th graders! Learn more here.

The refuge film Unfinished Symphony (scroll down to Sacramento)


Outside of 2020-2021 ... Information about bringing your Group to the Complex...

Educational activities are offered on-site from late October through February (limited rest of year). Free admission is offered to educational groups. The Complex can have up to 2 staff available to lead activities.

To plan your trip:

  1. Check out our Educational Programs
  2. Read the guidelines for the field trip. 
  3. Submit a Reservation Form (save to your computer, then fill in the form). If you don't have Adobe-editing software, please print and fill out the form then return via mail, scan, email or fax. For an example, see here.
  4. See what Next Generation Science Standards are met on the on-site programs and JDS Program Standards.
  5. Funding to cover your busing costs (through your school) is possible. Contact the refuge for information. Sponsored by Altacal Audubon Society and the refuge bookstore.

 Helpful Field Trip Tips:

  • The Sacramento NWR is located in Glenn County about 10 minutes south of Willows. It is not in the city of Sacramento.
  • November‐February is the best time to view large flocks of waterfowl.
  • Have the students dress for the weather! Most of the activities take place outside. Dressing in layers and having durable footwear is recommended.
  • Carry‐In, Carry‐Out! Help the Complex by bringing your own garbage bags to carry out your lunch trash. Bring separate bags to place your recyclables in.
  • Every season the weather can be different! Often we can reschedule if there is heavy rain. Staff are weather resistant but sometimes we will cancel or alter a walk if very windy for safety of the students under the trees.

Learning Opportunities/Activities:

    Bring our Program to YOU!...

    We can bring our program to your classroom, scouts group, or after-school program. Junior Duck Stamp Outreach Programs are offered by the Complex for Butte, Glenn, Colusa, and southern end of Tehama Counties. 

    1. See the Educational Activities Form or the Junior Duck Stamp Poster for information (see page 2 "Outreach and Traveling Kits").
    2. Submit a Reservation Form (if you don't have Adobe-editing software, please print and fill out the form then return via mail, scan, email or fax).
    3. Learn more about the CA Junior Duck Stamp Program and Contest.  

    Other Resources for your Group: