Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge – Education Programs

Each year approximately 5,000 students, teachers, and group leaders visit the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The Refuge offers an invaluable opportunity for students to experience and learn about the natural world.  Are your students studying habitats, watersheds, birds, wildlife, estuaries, or wetlands? Then the Refuge is a great place to enhance your curriculum!

Educational resources include the Environmental Education Center where we conduct opening and closing sessions and a variety of age appropriate indoor lessons based on your course of study; four miles of trails, including the one-mile long Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail; teacher training and resources; and field trip planning assistance that will help you to create a field trip experience that fits your curriculum goals. Field trips to the Refuge are great any time of year and are appropriate for pre-k through adults. Advanced reservations are required.

Visit the Education Page for more information on:

  • Field Trip Reservation Form
  • Field Trip Orientation
  • Elementary School Groups
  • Junior High and High School Groups
  • College Groups
  • Resources for Teachers
  • Educator’s Guide
  • FAQs


Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
100 Brown Farm Rd, Olympia, WA 98516
Education Coordinator
(360) 753-9467

Nisqually NWR Education Page