A diverse class of children look through microscopes on a table set up outside in a forest

Please Note: Due to COVID-19, all in-person educational programs are limited at this time. Because of COVID-related to restrictions on group sizes and our limited staffing, we are evaluating all educational requests as we receive them.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place for students to learn about the environment and experience the natural world!  Educational and interpretive visits can be arranged with refuge staff and volunteers.  Educators are also welcome to use the refuge's facilities and equipment to conduct their own environmental lessons.

All visits must be arranged in advance by calling Ranger Tom Miller at 410-221-8156 or by emailing Thomas_J_Miller@fws.gov.  If you are seeking a staff-led program, please contact us as far in advance as possible.  We also recommend having several optional dates for your visit.  Because of our small staff size, we ask that group sizes be limited to 75 students.  We are happy to accommodate large schools over multiple days.

All activities related to environmental education are free to any educational group. Programs can be designed to accommodate young children and special populations. The Wildlife Drive entrance fee is waived for all educational-institution guided tours. The Visitor Center is free to all.

Most educational programs will meet at our Environmental Education Building, located just inside the entrance of Wildlife Drive. When using GPS to find the building, use the following address, which will lead you to the entrance of Wildlife Drive: 2431 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, Maryland, 21613.