“Reconnecting Children and Families to Nature” is a national program and a priority of the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service.”
The Heinz Refuge at Tinicum has long been in the forefront of the movement to bring environmental education opportunities to educators, families, and children in the greater Philadelphia area. Since the middle 1970s, refuge staff have been providing area educators with the information, skills, and resources necessary to incorporate environmental education in their classrooms.
When classroom instruction is followed up by a field trip to the refuge, it allows students to “see and experience” the connection between them and the natural world. Indeed, over the years, countless students, teachers, homeschoolers, youth group leaders, and literally thousands of children have been enriched by refuge environmental education programs.
Educational services available at the Heinz Refuge include:
- Professional development courses / curriculum suppport / lesson plans;
- Classrooms / labs / meeting spaces;
- Loan boxes containing materials needed for field studies;
- Field trips;
- Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest participation;
- Internships; and
- In-service and pre-service opportunities.
The refuge also offers activity guides, videos, and other reference material on the environment to assist in planning for both classroom and field trip lessons.
Contact Erika Scarborough via email for more information, or call her at (215) 365-3118.