Environmental Education and Interpretation

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Education is an extremely important topic for the future of the National Wildlife Refuge system, these refuges are meant to inspire and promote passion for the local wildlife and habitats.


The primary themes interpreted at Cameron Prairie include the area's ecology, native fauna and flora, the Service's mission, and why the Service manages for fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats. The majority of interpretation at the Refuge occurs in the Visitor Center.

The Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center has an orientation video, species check lists, interpretive signs, wildlife displays, exhibits, dioramas, and a calender of natural events to promote wildlife observation and appreciation. In addition, brochures listing optimum wildlife viewing times, access point information, and regulations are available at the Center. Visitors are encouraged to use the Refuge viewing platform located a short walk from the rear of the Center. From the platform, visitors can observe an example of moist soil management and birds that seek the annual plant seeds produced by this management technique.

 

Refuge staff occasionally participate in radio and television interviews and distribute news releases to inform the public of special events, openings, Refuge conditions, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Staff and volunteers also host interpretive programs and talks at schools, clubs, festivals and special events. Topics range from basic plant and wildlife identification for elementary school students to refuge management seminars at the local university.