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 visitor center and office are open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact Vickie Hirschboeck at (608) 539-2311, x 2 or by email at 


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!

Outdoor Wonders Teacher Workshop

Registration for the Fall workshop is now open! This 1-day workshop, on September 21st, 2017 from 8 am to 4 pm, will provide a learning environment that is place-based and extends learning in each related curricular area to engage school children at all grade levels in real world, field-based learning experiences. 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit) will be available through the University of Wisconsin for those who complete a follow-up activity. CEU cost and substitute teacher coverage are both paid for by the refuge through a grant. To register for this workshop or for more information click on the links below. 

Teacher Workshop Registration

More Teacher Workshop Information

Calling all area 5th Grade Teachers!!!

*There is a new registration time 8 am (not 12 am) and a new contact for this year due to staff changes. Please, contact Stephanie Edeler to register for this great opportunity at or call at 608-539-2311, x. 6.*

River Education Days 2019 will be held on May 14th and 15th, 2019 (Tuesday and Wednesday)! Registration will open at 8 am on February 8th, 2019. 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. To register contact Stephanie Edeler at 608-539-2311, x. 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)?