St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of nationally-recognized environmental educational programs that focus the refuge, its landscapes and habitats and the fauna and flora that live within it. Correlated to state and national science standards, programs cater for all ages with outdoor- specific lessons and a new Nature classroom next to the Visitor Center, which is equipped with microscopes, nets and other equipment. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge currently offers 18 environmental educational programs that include hands-on activities, interactive games, and lessons, exercises, and challenges for all ages. Programs range from Introduction to the Refuge, Butterfly Encounter, Adaptable Animals, Insect Safari, and Eco-Links to Coastal Explorer, Freshwater Ecosystems, Earth Scientist, and Orienteering. Other programs include Coastal Habitats/Tower Pond Trail, Digital Photograph, Feathered Friends, Reptiles and Amphibians, Magnificent Mammals, Endangered Species, Living with Fire, Tree-rific Trees, and Whooping Cranes.
Next door to the Visitors Center is the Environmental Education Building, known as Nature's Classroom, which boasts 3,200 square feet of space and features a classroom called the Monarch Butterfly Room and a modern conference room known as the Barred Owl Room.
In addition to being used for environmental education programs, Nature's Classroom is used for wildlife photography classes run by the St. Marks NWR Photo Club, ‘First Sunday at the Refuge’ programs, and local and national conferences. Things to Do in Florida: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge - Photo: Tony Campbell/Fotolia
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