St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
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Let's go outside!

at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Collage of photos. Credit: USFWS


2013-2014 Workshop Schedule

The Environmental Education Program is again hosting an exciting set of workshop for the 2013-14 school year.

Read the Environmental Education Workshop Schedule for complete details.



"Nature's Classroom"

Now open for environmental education programs.

Transportation Scholarships Now Available

Listen to the Wakulla Sunday Radio Program featuring Herb Donaldson; to learn more about this magnificent new addition to the refuge

Jr. Refuge Ranger Badge & Booklet Now Available

Environmental Education Programs

Attention schools, scouts and homeschool groups or other educational groups, now is the time to schedule your Free educational field trip to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge for the 2012-2013 school year!

We currently have 18 programs that are offered, however if a teacher needs a program that is not listed we will do our best to provide something to meet their needs. Programs are designed to accommodate up to 60 students. Students will be divided into smaller groups so each student will get the most from their experiences at St. Marks NWR. Each program may include a game, lesson and a hands-on activity. Unless otherwise noted, schools are expected to provide at least one chaperone for each 15 students attending. Chaperones and teachers are expected to actively participate in the presentation of the program under supervision of the Refuge educational staff.

St. Marks NWR hosts thousands of students each year through its environmental education programs. Our unique programs allow students to use dip nets in the pond behind the Visitor Center or down at Apalachee Bay, explore for insects, minnows, shrimp and more. Yet other programs allow them to collect data such as temperature of the air and soil, humidity, wind speed and direction and the types of plants and animals observed in three different habitats, study skins and skulls and other biofacts.

In a different exercise, weather data is collected to determine if the refuge should conduct a prescribed burn. In another learning station, wearing bouncing deely-bopper headbands, students re-enact the life cycle of a monarch butterfly, eluding predators and collecting golf ball eggs.

These are a few of the free outdoor environmental education programs available to school groups/scout troops who reserve a date well in advance. For more information click on the links below to take you to each program available.

Slide shows about the refuge and guided walks through shady oaks and rustling palms also reinforce that the refuge is an endlessly changing, fascinating, natural

Kids Learning. Credit: USFWS

laboratory. Teachers are also welcome to learn more about north Florida's ecosystems through teacher workshops, including the internationally recognized environmental education program, Project Learning Tree.


Off-site education is an untapped opportunity to reach schools who can't visit the refuge. If a class or school cannot come to the Refuge we have staff or trained volunteers that can come to the classroom and present a 30-45 minute program to your students. To schedule any of our programs please call 850-925-6121 or email:


To learn more about our programs click on the link for the education brochure or on the program links below.

PDF of Program Brochure

Pre-Visit Information

Environmental Education Programs Offered by

St. Marks NWR

  • Introduction to the Refuge

Self Guiding Tours

Classes may come to the refuge for self guided tours and check out our equipment. These field trips must be scheduled in advance. For more information call 850-925-6121 or email .


Trained volunteers help with the learning stations and more are needed to strengthen the program. If you are interested in becoming an educational volunteer, please call Volunteer Coordinator David Moody at 850-925-6121.



Last updated: August 16, 2013