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"Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives." -Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth


Environmental Education in Crucial!

Environmental education is one of the primary objectives of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge is an excellent place to bring a class for hands-on environmental education activities and programs. Because of the diverse habitat types found at the refuge, there is ample feeding, nesting, and resting areas for 582 species of wildlife. It is a premier area for viewing wildlife, habitat diversity, and natural processes. Each field trip is tailor made to address the needs of your students or group Access to the refuge and facilities are free.

To better plan your visit, whether it is self-guided or ranger led, the refuge staff encourages group leaders to contact the office first. The difference between making your field trip a powerful learning experience and just another trip depends on how well you and your students are prepared. An excellent way to prepare for a field trip is for group leaders to visit the refuge prior to your class trip. Suggested areas to visit include the Visitor Center/Environmental Education Center located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville.  Adjacent to this facility is the 1/2 mile Discovery Nature Trail that includes the Animal Olympics stations, the 2-mile Britton Ford Hiking Trail, complete with an outdoor classroom and the V.L. Childs Observation Deck in Henry County. Another great location for a winter field trip would be the Duck River Bottoms area just south of New Johnsonville in Humphreys County.

Plan a FREE Field Trip to the Refuge!

 For ideas on programs offered by Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, please see our Teacher Program Brochure. Teachers are required to complete a Field Trip Application Form two weeks prior to visiting the refuge.  A special grant allows the refuge to reimburse travel costs for teachers up to $200/trip.  To get reimbursed for your field trip travel costs you must get pre-approval, please see Bus Scholarship Application Form.

Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge also has other ways to bring wildlife to your classroom, so check out the menu to your left for more ideas!