For Educators

For Educators

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder...he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."
- Rachel Carson

Listen. Observe. Breathe deep. Come and explore the refuge as an outdoor classroom, discovering firsthand the excitement and mystery of the natural world. Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge offers a multitude of interpretive programs and environmental education programs tailored to meet state curriculum guidelines. Students of all ages are welcome.  To learn more about the programs we offer and tips for planning a field trip, download a copy of the Educator’s Guide

The refuge office is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or call (608) 539-2311. 


Educators Resources - Downloads

Educator's Guide - programs available at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

Dear Educators - a letter to potential teachers visiting the refuge

Teacher Checklist - things to know and a handy checklist before your field trip

School Group Guidelines - a list of friendly reminders about school field trips on the refuge 


A few website links to check out...

Let's Go Outside! - Visit Let's Go Outside for cool, fun outdoor things you can do on your own, with your friends, classroom or family! Enjoy the 'Book of Stuff,' which has everything from from scavenger hunts to matching animal tracks to creating a nature collage. Learn how to play Car Bingo and become a Wildlife Watch Explorer. You'll find these fun nature-related projects and a lot more!

Junior Duck Stamp - Conservation Through The Arts!

Teacher Workshops

If you are interested in being a part of one of our teacher workshops, please contact Stephanie Edeler at or call (608) 539-2311 ext. 6.  Learn to explore and engage nature here at the refuge.

Calling all area 5th Grade Teachers!!!

River Education Days 2020 will be held on May 12th and 13th, 2020 (Tuesday and Wednesday)! Registration will open at 8 am on February 10th, 2020. Teachers may register by phone or email. Schools will be entered as they are received and after the first 500 students are signed up each day, registration will close. Registration fills up fast! It is recommended to call or email right at 8 am. To register contact Stephanie Edeler and leave a message at (608) 539-2311, ext. 6 or by email at

For schools that have not joined us for this exciting outdoor educational experience, download a fact sheet - What Is River Education Days (RED)?