For Educators

The resources listed here are meant to help you plan your field trip to the Refuges as well as conduct wetland and wildlife education in your classroom. Please contact the Refuge for guided field trip availability or if you need further assistance at 719-589-4021. 

Field Trips

The Refuge Complex is currently offering two field trip programs, but is interested in working with educators to develop activities that meet curriculum needs. The goal is reinforce conservation education through visits to both Monte Vista and Alamosa Refuges each year and build on concepts and activities from the years before.Typical field trips run 4- 5 hours not including travel time. Students are rotated through stations where they participate in hands-on/minds-on activities that fit state standards.  


Migration and Cranes Field Trips

The Sandhill crane is a beloved migratory resident of the San Luis Valley. Twenty thousand of these graceful creatures visit us each spring and fall. Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge offers great opportunities throughout the fall and spring to see these magnificent birds. Fall and spring field trips at the Refuge are centered on the cranes and their migratory habits. The field trips offer learning opportunities through many subjects from art and literature to math and science.  


Wetland Field Trips

Wetlands are an important and unique resource to the San Luis Valley. They provide crucial wildlife habitat, important watershed functions, and have one of the most diverse communities of plants and animals. Wetland field trips are available at both Monte Vista and Alamosa Refuges for grades K-12. Field trips explore the interactions between the living (birds, bugs) and non-living (soils, water) components of wetlands. Students also make personal connections to these buggy, muddy swamps with fun hands-on learning experiences.