Educational Programs and Activities

Education For All Ages

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge has recently taken a step towards improving our supporters’ experience when visiting. Our new Education Program will allow our visitors a more immersive experience at the Refuge.

One of our goals at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is to help spread awareness about the exotic pet trade and the struggles animals experience in captivity and in the wild. It is through education that we can help protect exotic animals from facing abuse and neglect. While visiting Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, you can take a guided tour to hear our animal rescue stories, explore the self-discovery area, and participate in incredible educational programs. We offer a variety of programs about the animals that call the Refuge home and where they are found in the wild, species conservation, biodiversity, animal adaptations, and so much more. Whether you are a first time or returning visitor, school group, scout troop, or any special groups; we have something for everyone of all ages to see, do, and learn!

Look for these future opportunities while visiting Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge:

  • Weekly programs
  • Summer Day Camps
  • Workshops
  • Weekly animal myth busters
  • Special Wildlife Day programming
  • Volunteer Enrichment Days

Check out the calendar to see upcoming events and plan your next trip to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

Programs and Events Details


Feb22

Cougars in Arkansas

9:15 a.m. - 45 minutes- Location: Habitat Tour Gate- Celebrate National Wildlife Day with TCWR! What is the difference between a mountain lion, puma, cougar, and panther? Find out the answer with our Wildlife Interpreter and learn about the fascinating lives of one of the most illusive and well distributed cats in the world.

Feb22

A Habitat is a Home

11:10 a.m. - 30 minutes - Location: Behind Gift Shop- On National Wildlife Day we will be celebrating local wildlife, and the habitats they call home. Humans and animals share the same basic needs, and protecting natural habitats will benefit all. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they discuss the variety of wildlife that call Arkansas home.

Feb22

Our Wild Neighbor, the Bobcat

1:10 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Bobcat Habitat- To celebrate National Wildlife Day, our Wildlife Interpreter will be discussing a local species, the bobcat. They can be seen in the woods throughout Arkansas, and should never be kept as pets. Join us as we explore their native habitat and how you can help keep them in the wild.

Feb22

What Doe a Bear Eat?

2:10 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Bear Habitats, Self-Discovery Area- Join our Wildlife Interpreter next to the black bear habitats to explore the diverse diets that call the Ozarks and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge home.

Feb22

What's in the Woods?

4:10 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Self-Discovery Area- Have you ever hiked in the woods in hopes to see an animal? This National Wildlife Day join our Wildlife Interpreter as we discover the wildlife that can be found throughout Arkansas and how to be a responsible hiker among the wildlife in their home.

Mar03

What in the World is a Coatimundi?

9:15 a.m.- 45 minutes- Location: Habitat Tour Gate- Coatimundi is a difficult name to pronounce, and an unfamiliar animal that can actually be found in the United States! Join our Wildlife Interpreter on World Wildlife Day to meet our resident Coati Flip, and learn about this unique species in the wild!

Mar03

Endangered Species

11:10 a.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Have you ever thought about just how many species are threatened to become extinct in our lifetime? This World Wildlife Day TCWR will be celebrating our animals, and discussing about why the rate of extinction is detrimental to humans. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to learn about why so many species are endangered, and what we can do to save them.

Mar03

Black Panthers

1:00 p.m.- 1 hour- Location: Leopard Habitat- Have you ever heard of a black panther? What kind of cat are they and where are they found in the wild? Join our Wildlife Interpreter on World Wildlife Day and explore what it means to be a black panther.

Mar03

Tiger Trade

2:10 p.m.- 40 minutes- Location: Tiger Habitats, Self-Discovery Area- We are celebrating our tigers on World Wildlife Day! Unfortunately there are more tigers in captivity in the United States than in the wild. Join our Wildlife Interpreter on this special day to discuss the worldwide trade in tiger parts and how this affects wild tiger populations.

Mar03

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt

4:00 p.m.- 1 hour- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Celebrate World Wildlife Day at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and learn how to forage like a wild animal! A family fun game that is interactive for the whole family! Join our Wildlife Interpreter next to Bam Bam's habitat to get started with your fun adventure!

Mar15

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt

1:00 p.m.- 1 hour- Location- Behind Gift Shop- Learn how to forage like a wild animal with Turpentine Creek's Wild Child Scavenger Hunt this Spring Break! This interactive game is fun for all ages. Meet your Wildlife Interpreter behind the gift shop to get started with your fun adventure.

Mar15

Brown Bear or Black Bear?

3:30 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location- Bear Tunnel, Self-Discovery Area- Distinguishing a black bear from a brown bear is actually not based off of their color, even though it is in their name. They are two different species that can be the same color. Join our Wildlife Interpreter in the Self-Discovery Area behind the gift shop, to learn the proper ways to tell the two species apart.

Mar16

Eating Like a Tiger

10:00 a.m.- 1 hour- Location: Tiger Habitats Behind Gift Shop- Tigers have special characteristics that allow them to be top predators and successful hunters. Join our Wildlife Interpreter during an interactive program with replica teeth, claws, furs, and whiskers to learn what it takes to be on top of the food chain.

Mar16

Top of the Food Chain

11:10 a.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Behind Gift Shop- An entire ecosystem depends on each part of the food chain, with apex predators playing a vital role. Many big cat species continue to be threatened and endangered. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they discuss the vital balance of the food chain, and what will happen if we do not protect predators.

Mar16

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt

1:00 p.m.- 1 hour- Location: Self-Discovery Area- Learn how to forage like a wild animal this Spring Break at TCWR! This is an interactive activity that is fun for all ages. Meet your Wildlife Interpreter behind the gift shop to get started with your adventure!

Mar16

How Long Doe It Take?

2:00 p.m. - 30 minutes - Location: Behind Gift Shop- Wildlife everywhere are in danger due to trash in our environment. Whether it is something small, like a straw, or something larger such as a tire, trash is hurting our wildlife. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we discover how long certain items stay in the environment and how you can help be reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Mar16

Pollution Solution

2:30 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Earth provides everything we need to survive, so it is our duty as humans to make sure we help and protect our planet for ourselves and every living species that we share the Earth with. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we discover how we can help Earth and its residents every day in this family fun activity.

Mar16

A Habitat is a Home

3:30 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Bam Bam's Habitat- Animals live in homes just like you and I, although their homes may look a little different than our own. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we explore the unique ways that TCWR has provided homes for all of the animals, and also how the species would live in the wild.

Mar17

Keeping Wild Animals Wild

9:30 a.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Wild animals are around you every day that have specific adaptations for survival. Our Wildlife Interpreter will discuss what the definition of wild animals are, and what happens when they are removed from their natural habitats.

Mar17

Wildlife Discovery Table

11:10 a.m. - 1 hour - Location: Behind Gift Shop- Join our Wildlife Interpreter and explore some of our natural items and discovery more about our wildlife. We never use and real bones, teeth, etc. from our animals that would harm them. We have amazing replicas, molds, and shed fur that you can touch, becoming more connected with the wild during your Spring Break!

Mar17

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt

1:00 p.m. -1 hour - Location: Behind Gift Shop- Learn how to forage like a wild animal this Spring Break at TCWR! An interactive activity for the whole family to enjoy, your Wildlife Interpreter will get you started with your fun adventure!

Mar17

Crazy Colorful Wildlife

2:10 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Habitat Tour Gate- Wildlife exists all around us in many colors, shapes, and sizes. There are four varieties of camouflage that animals use to their advantage and for survival. This activity will teach you the different types of camo, and explore the ways animals have evolved to take advantage of the world around them.

Mar17

The Hype of Hybrids

4:10 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Tiger Habitat Behind Gift Shop- Unlike in the famous movie Napoleon Dynamite, ligers are not a mystical magical creature. Ligers are man-made animals, and do not exist in the wild. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to learn about how and why these hybrids are created, and why they are not considered a real species.

Mar18

Goober, Our Only Primate

9:30 a.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Habitat Tour Gate- Join our Wildlife Interpreter by Goober the Rhesus Macaque and only primate at TCWR to learn about the species and how they act in the wild. They will also explain how one of the oldest animal residents ended up at TCWR, and how we ensure his health and happiness.

Mar18

Prides

10:25 a.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Bear Tunnel, Self Discovery Area- Lions rely on their family groups to survive and each lion plays a specific role. They are a magnificent symbol of power, and have unique adaptations for survival. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to discuss the only social cat in the animal kingdom, and what we can do to protect them.

Mar18

Animal Senses

11:30 a.m.- 1 hour- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? What do wild animals depend on for survival that humans do not? Join our Wildlife Interpreter for a fun activity to compare your senses to a wild animal! Make sure to bring those animal instincts!

Mar18

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt

1:00 p.m. - 1 hour- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Learn how to forage like a wild animal during your Spring Break with TCWR's Wild Child Scavenger Hunt. An interactive game and fun for the entire family, your Wildlife Interpreter will help get you started behind the gift shop. Let's get started with your fun adventure!

Mar18

Tiger Trade

3:15 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Tiger Habitats Behind Gift Shop- There are only 3,800 tigers left in the wild, yet there are more tigers just in the state of Texas alone. With over 7,000 tigers privately owned in the U.S., your Wildlife Interpreter will discuss the sadly popular aspect of the trading of tiger parts, and how it is affecting wild tiger populations.

Mar18

A Walk on the Wild Side

4:10 p.m.- 50 minutes- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Missed the last walking tour of the day on your Spring Break trip to TCWR? No problem! Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we take a walk together through the Self-Discovery Area to hear the stories of the animals, and how you can help be the voice for animals in captivity.

Mar19

Shapes of the Wild

11:10 Learn More minutes- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Population of wild animals' exhibit variations in size and structure of their natural habitats as a result of adaptations to their surroundings. How does Turpentine Creek ensure that captive animals are provided with the same living environment? Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they provide an interactive game for young families to find shapes throughout the Refuge, and learn about animals!

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