Facility Activities

From wildlife photography, hiking and ranger-guided programs, there are many ways to get to know the refuge! Please check at the front desk for a schedule of activities, trail maps and other suggestions for wildlife viewing activities.

The refuge offers birding opportunities year, round both at our Visitor Center viewing stations and trails. The best time to see the Mississippi sandhill cranes are Fall and Winter months, as they become more secretive during nesting season (Spring/Summer). Migratory grassland birds like the...

Wildlife observation at Mississippi Sandhill Crane is made easy with nature trails that travel through multiple habitats. From wetlands to savannas, pitcher plant bogs and cypress groves - the refuge trail system offers many opportunities to get into nature.

Many refuges champion wildlife viewing as a key recreational activity.
Many sites do not allow dogs because they can disturb wildlife. Refuges that do allow dogs generally require that they be leashed. Some sites allow hunters and sledders to bring dogs.
Rangers lead wildlife walks, tours and educational programs at many sites. Events may focus on wildflowers or birds or on seasonal spectacles, such as elk bugling or sea turtle nesting. Some programs may be limited in size or require advance registration. See individual websites for details.

Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge offers environmental education programs for a variety of audiences.  The refuge provides unique and exciting outdoor environments – excellent locations for hands-on learning activities.  Numerous youth and adult groups visit every...

A small picnicking area is located directly across from the Visitor Center under the Live oaks. Picnic tables are provided, but we ask that you Leave No Trace and pack out all trash.