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


May26

Keeper Talk

Keeper Talk-10:40 am-20 minutes- Join one of our many biologists and zoologists here at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge as we explore the world of wildlife. Each Keeper Talk will have a different focus related to the animals that call the Refuge home.

May26

History of the Exotic Pet Trade

11:30 am- 30 minutes- Location: Behind the Gift Shop- Exotic animal ownership has been prevalent in the United States for over 100 years. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they discuss how the exotic pet trade began, and the problems today. By understanding the history of the exotic pet trade, we can come up with solutions together to protect them from abuse and neglect in the future.

May26

Saving the Richest Places on Earth

2:10 pm- 30 minutes- Location: Habitat Tour Gate- The most wildlife abundant places on Earth are also the most threatened. Humans depend on biodiversity to survive. Join us at TCWR to learn about the richest places on the planet, and why we need to protect them.

May26

Keeper Talk

Keeper Talk-2:40 pm-20 minutes- Join one of our many biologists and zoologists here at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge as we explore the world of wildlife. Each Keeper Talk will have a different focus related to the animals that call the Refuge home.

May27

Keeper Talk

Keeper Talk-10:40am-20 minutes- Join one of our many biologists and zoologists here at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge as we explore the world of wildlife. Each Keeper Talk will have a different focus related to the animals that call the Refuge home.

May27

Wild Sense of Smell

1:10 pm-30 minutes- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Wild animal populations rely heavily on their senses to find food. Discover which adaptations are important for different species to survive, and which are similar to us! Your Wildlife Interpreter as an experiment for you to test your animal senses.

May27

Tigers in Arkansas

4:10 pm- 30 minutes- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Tigers represent strength, power, wildness, and beauty in many cultures. Although they are highly admired, they are also heavily exploited in the US for profit. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to discuss how we can protect tigers from abuse and neglect, together!<p><span><b></b></span></p>

May28

Silent Walk

Silent Walk-9:30 am-1 hour- Join our Wildlife Interpreter to explore the Refuge in a new and exciting way as we observe our animals silently. All too often when out in nature we miss so much by talking instead of taking in the true beauty around us using our senses. We will be walking down our 1/2 dirt tour road, remember to wear proper foot gear.

May28

What in the World is a Coatimundi?

12:20 pm- 30 minutes- Location: Habitat Tour Gate- Coatimundi is a difficult name to pronounce, and an unfamiliar animal that can actually be found right here in the United States! Come meet our resident Coatimundi Flip right outside the tour gate, and our Wildlife Interpreter will explain what these animals are and their unique adaptations for survival.

May28

Paws and Claws

Paws and Claws-2:40pm-30 minutes- Have you ever looked at the feet of wildlife and ever wondered why they are all different? Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we explore different adaptations for survival and why paws and claws are so important.

May28

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt

<br><p>3:30 pm- 1 hour- Location: First Habitats Behind Gift Shop- Learn how to forage like a wild animal with Turpentine Creek's Wild Child Scavenger Hunt! An interactive game for the whole family to enjoy. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter right behind the gift shop to get started with your fun adventure.&nbsp;</p>

Jun06

Exploring Your Wild Side Day Camp (6-8 year olds)

Experience the incredible lives of lions, tigers, and bears right here in Eureka Springs, Arkansas! Exploring Your Wild Side Day Camp provides the unique opportunity to discover the roles wild animals play throughout the world. TCWR provides an interactive and educational experience to learn what is is like to live on the wild side. Space is limited to 12 wildlife explorers per age group. Registration is required for participation. Camp is 3 days long, June 6-8. Please visit <a href="Learn More; for more information and registration.

Jun07

Exploring Your Wild Side Day Camp (6-8 years old)

This 3 day camp requires advanced registration. Only 12 spots available. Please visit <a href="Learn More; for more information and registration.

Jun08

Exploring Your Wild Side Day Camp (6-8 years old)

This 3 day camp requires advanced registration. Only 12 spots available. Please visit Learn More for more information and registration.