Grade school children enjoying a field day on bird migration.

Student Programs

Refuge Field Trips

The science Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) recommend that students spend 60-80% of their time in lab and field activities. Our programs utilize the natural world to supply first-hand experience for students. Our field trips vary in length from a half-day to two days. Groups participating in two-day field trips have the option of staying overnight in our bunkhouse. 


Day use for our K-12 educational programs and field trips are free. K-12 overnight trips cost $8 per person per night to cover maintenance and cleaning. Group Packet


For more information please contact our Conservation Education Program Coordinator.

Program Focus 

› south Texas ecology     › rangeland and wetland ecology

› wildlife identification     › current conservation issues

› habitat management     › field-based activities

We incorporate activities that stress a variety of TEKS and work with teachers to design specific programs to reinforce and address selected topics from classroom curricula. Our educators have B.S. or M.Sc. degrees; they are well-versed in contemporary issues related to wildlife biology, wildlife and range management, and natural resource conservation. 

As part of our mission, these programs demonstrate that wildlife and other land uses can coexist if managed in a sustainable manner. We ensure that our programs reflect upon the 11 core concepts of the North American Conservation Education Strategy.

Outreach Programs

Our educators have experience designing hands-on programs to present in the teacher's classroom along with Texas Master Naturalist volunteers who work with our educators to design and present classroom programs.