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


Bam Bam, Our Wonderful Grizzly

1:00 pm- 30 minutes- Location: Bam Bam's Habitat Behind Gift Shop- We love Bam Bam and are happy that we can provide him with his forever home. However, we wish he had never been a pet and could have lived a normal life in the wild. Join our Wildlife Interpreter in front of Bam Bam's habitat to learn more about his story and the exotic pet trade.


History of the Exotic Pet Trade

4:10 pm- 30 minutes- Location: Behind 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 in this country, and what has happened to get where we are today. By understanding the history of animal exploitation, we can come up with solutions together on how to protect exotic animals from abuse and neglect in the future.


Discovery Table

1:20pm-30 minutes-Location-Behind the gift shop-Join our wildlife interpreter and explore some of our nature items that will help you discover more about our wildlife. We never use any real bones, teeth, etc. from our animals. We have amazing replicas, molds, and she fur for you to touch while visiting.


The Bear Facts

3:40pm-30 minutes-Location-Bam Bam's habitat-Did you know that Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is home to 12 bears or that Arkansas used to be nicknamed the Bear State? Join our wildlife interpreter as we discover fun facts about our bears at the refuge and the bears around the world.


Wild Child Scavenger Hunt

11:10 am- 1 hour- Location: Behind the 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 next to Bam Bam's habitat to get started with your fun adventure. *Please bring water and sunscreen, as July is very hot and we are an outdoor facility.


Our Wild Neighbor, the Bobcat

3:10 pm- 30 minutes- Bobcat Habitat, Self-Discovery Area- Bobcats can be seen in the woods throughout Arkansas, but sadly can be found in backyards as pets too. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter next to the Bobcat habitats as we discover more about this Arkansas native, and what we can do to help keep them wild!


Tiger Talk

1:20pm-30 minutes-Location-Behind the gift shop-Tigers represent strength, power, wildness, and beauty as a cultural symbol for their magnificence. Although they are highly admired, they are heavily exploited in the US for profit. Join our wildlife interpreter to discuss how we can protect tigers from abuse and neglect for the future.


If you give a Tiger a toy

4:20pm-30 minutes-Location-Behind the gift shop-In the wild tigers can find many things to keep them physically and mentally active. However, in captivity if not given proper enrichment can lead to lack of important activity. Meet our wildlife interpreter next to the Tiger habitats behind the gift shop as we explore some of the enrichment toys given to our cats and get a chance to test your "tiger" strength.