Environmental Education Program
The Willapa National Wildlife Refuge wants kids to learn how to get involved in the natural world right in their back yards. The Environmental Education Program is designed to do just that. This year the program will visit nine classrooms in six schools in Pacific County.
Through this program, fourth grade students will learn vocabulary, wildlife facts and observation skills. During each 1.5 hour lesson, staff and volunteers bring wildlife samples into the classroom and provide hand’s-on lessons about the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge System, the refuge habitats, adaptations, web of life and change. The program supports small group learning, and is aligned with the Washington 4th Grade Essential Academic Learning Requirements.
The classroom instruction prepares the students for a field-trip to the Refuge that will include real-life experiences in the wild.
Become a volunteer Exploration Leader
Volunteers work with small groups of children along with other volunteers and a refuge staff person. Training begins in February and in April there will be three classroom visits per classroom, ending in May with an exciting trip to the Refuge. No special science skills are necessary, just a desire to introduce kids to nature. Volunteers receive in-depth training and flexible scheduling.
Want to connect 4th graders to our natural environment?
It is fun and highly rewarding, and the Environmental Education program needs you!
- Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge volunteer coordinator Kathy Freitas