Wildlife Observation Guided Walks

Great Blue Heron

What's 3 feet tall, as still as a statue, and has a voice like a frog?  Learn about this local favorite feathered friend and many others on a docent guided walk along seasonal winter wetlands.

In keeping with guidance from CDC and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are joining other community organizations in postponing scheduled docent guided tours. We know many people across the community will miss this event, but we are committed to doing our part to ensure public safety and slow the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and all relevant guidance and will reschedule when it is prudent to do so.

Throughout the fall to spring, several free special docent or staff led walks are offered on the weekends along seasonal wetlands in a normally restricted area.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy the migratory birds, learn about your wild neighbors, and get the family outdoors.  Walks meet at a specified location & time, while occasionally special RSVP walks are offered in various locations. We generally meet early in the morning and go through a gate that gets locked, so be sure to be on time!

Scheduled Tours:

** Tours are currently postponed until further notice **

 Guided Walk Location:
Location and directions may vary, please see Events Calendar.  Before you head out, be sure to check back regularly for updated outings or changes to the schedule. 


Generally no reservations needed! Just show-up on the specified date and time. If you have a school or scout group and want to make special arrangements, please see the Environmental Education page.

What to Bring:
To enhace your visit, we recommend: water, suncreen, hat, snacks, insect repellent, camera, field guides, binoculars, sturdy walking shoes, wear layers, and any other personal comfort items you may need.  Strollers and wheelchairs equiped with off-road or heavy duty tires work well.

What NOT to Bring:
Sorry, but dogs/pets must stay at home. Remember, this is a relaxed wildlife viewing walk and we want to minimize disturbance to wildlife.

Additional Important Tidbits (please read):
Trail consists of a 2 mile (roundtrip) flat semi-hard dirt trail leading to a wildlife viewing platform overlooking managed wetlands hosting various migrants such as hawks, shorebirds, Sandhill cranes and waterfowl.  The path may be a little muddy if it's been raining or foggy.  Although the viewing platform is lined with trees, there will be little shade as you walk, so please be prepared for being exposed to the sun and heat early and later in the season. This is an undeveloped site with no running water, although a non-flush restroom is available half way into the walk.  Children welcome, but dogs/pets must stay at home.  This is a great opportunity for viewing wildlife; you are welcome to bring binoculars and a camera. This is a slower paced, relaxed walk for viewing wildlife, so please intend to stay with the guide.  Remember, the wildlife is sharing the refuge with us, so please respect their home and minimize disturbance.  For daily self-guided access on the refuge, please see the Blue Heron Trails page.