Students participating in an environmental education activity at Back Bay NWR

National wildlife refuges provide wonderful outdoor classrooms for students of all ages. Programs fulfilling state standards of learning are available for schools visiting on field trips. Refuge staff work with teachers to create a field trip program that will align with classroom topics and objects. Popular field trip programs include Sea Turtle Explorers, Exploring the Pond Habitat, nature hikes and many more. Refuge staff may also be available to visit your school; staff availability for in-school visits is highest in the winter. Spring field trips (April – June) are scheduled beginning January 1. Field trip programs for September – March are scheduled beginning in June. Summer camps are also welcome to schedule environmental education programs at the Refuge. We look forward to providing a fun and educational experience for you and your students!

Fourth grade teachers may also take advantage of the Every Kid Outdoors program when bringing their students on a field trip to the wildlife refuge. Students who participate in this program receive a free federal lands recreation pass which covers the entrance fees for their families to any federal land in the country. Teachers complete an activity with students in the classroom after which they will receive a set of vouchers. The vouchers are turned in to refuge staff on the day of the field trip in exchange for the passes.