Kids and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is a popular place for kids and teachers alike. The Refuge hosts an Environmental Education building where we have held numerous workshops and programs for elementary and middle school students and teachers. Some of the student activites while at the Refuge have included marsh walks, Wildlife Drive and Visitor Center tours, native and invasive plant identification, tree and native grass plantings, and geolocation using GPS. Teachers also participate in environmental education and science workshops for their own professional development.
The Blackwater NWR Visitor Center is home to many interesting exhibits for both young and old, and features waterfowl and raptor exhibits, marsh management exhibits, an observatory area with spotting scopes, and an authentic eagles' nest. The building also has two sets of monitors that show live video from our Eagle Cam and Osprey Cam.
The Eagle's Nest Book and Gift Shop in the Visitor Center has a nice selection of nature-related items for all ages and is worth a visit.
Annual events at the Refuge that are attractive to young people include our Eagle Festival and Youth Fishing Fun Day. In addition, during our Earth Day Litter Pickup, we set aside special areas where young people can safely volunteer.
Visit the For Educators page on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Blackwater NWR website to learn more about educational opportunities at the Refuge.