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


Feb28

A Walk on the Wild Side

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm ~45 minutes~ The last tour of the day may have left, but you still have time to tour around the discovery area. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they lead the way talking about Turpentine Creek's history and how you help us, help them.

Feb29

All About Bears: What Does a Bear Eat?

10:15am-10:45am ~ 30 minutes ~ Did you know bears are omnivores, just like people? They spend the majority of their days scavenging for food. Join our Wildlife Interpreter and explore the diverse diets of our bears here at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and how it compares to humans, and what bears eat in the wild.

Feb29

Discovery Table

11:15 am - 12:15 pm ~ 1 hour ~ Join our Wildlife Interpreter in the Discovery Area 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 shed fur for you to touch while visiting.

Feb29

Tigers in the Wild

2:15-2:45pm ~30 minutes ~<span>Did you know there are less than 3,900 tigers left in the wild? Join our wildlife interpreter as they discuss some of the major threats that tigers face in the wild every day.</span>

Feb29

A Walk on the Wild Side: The Surprising Reality of White Tigers

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm ~ 30 minutes ~ White tigers are not albino, a rare separate subspecies of tigers, and are not naturally found in the wild. Join our Wildlife Interpreter next to Tanya and Kizmin, outside of the Gift Shop and explore the disadvantages white tigers face in captivity.

Mar01

Surviving in the Wild

2:15-2:45 pm ~ 30 minutes ~&nbsp;<span>Wild cats of all sizes, possess traits to make them great predators. Join our wildlife interpreter as they dive into the life of a wild cat and what makes them dangerous.</span>

Mar01

A Walk on the Wild Side

<span>3:15 pm- 4:00 pm ~45 minutes ~ The last tour of the day may have left, but you still have time to tour around the discovery area. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they lead the way talking about Turpentine Creek's history and how you can help us, help them. </span>

Mar06

Tigers in the Wild: Tiger Trade

10:15-10:45 am ~ 30 minutes ~&nbsp;<span>There are only 3,800 tigers left in the wild but unfortunately there are more in captivity only in the United States. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to discuss the worldwide trade in tiger parts and how this affects wild tiger populations. </span>

Mar06

What is a true sanctuary?

2:15am-2:45 ~ 30 minutes ~ The most important aspect of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is being a true sanctuary, providing forever homes for abused and neglected big cats. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to learn about the difference between a true and fake sanctuary. We can work together to save more animals!

Mar06

A Walk on the Wild Side

<span>3:15 pm- 4:00 pm ~45 minutes ~ The last tour of the day may have left, but you still have time to tour around the discovery area. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they lead the way talking about Turpentine Creek's history and how you can help us, help them. </span>

Mar07

The Majestic Lion

10:15am-10:45am ~ 30 minutes ~ Why do lions live together in prides? How far away can a lion's call be heard? Join a Wildlife Interpreter as we explore the world of the majestic lion.

Mar07

Surviving in the Wild

11:15 am - 11:45 am ~30 minutes~ Wild cats of all sizes, possess traits to make them great predators. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they dive into the life of a wild cat and what makes them dangerous.

Mar07

All About Bears: Brown Bear vs. Black Bear

2:15-2:45 pm ~ 30 minutes ~ <span>What is the difference between a black bear and a brown bear? Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we explore the two different species and how to tell them apart. </span>

Mar07

A Walk on the Wild Side

<span>3:15 pm- 4:00 pm ~45 minutes ~ The last tour of the day may have left, but you still have time to tour around the discovery area. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they lead the way talking about Turpentine Creek's history and how you can help us, help them. </span>

Mar08

Predators Not Pets: If you give a tiger a toy

2:15-2:45 pm ~30 minutes ~<span>In the wild tigers can find many things to keep them physically and mentally active. However, in captivity, they need extra stimulation to release their wild instincts. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter as we explore some of the enrichment toys given to our animals. </span>

Mar08

A Walk on the Wild Side

4<span>:10 pm- 4:55 pm ~45 minutes ~ The last tour of the day may have left, but you still have time to tour around the discovery area. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they lead the way talking about Turpentine Creek's history and how you can help us, help them. </span>

Mar13

Native Arkansas Black Bears

2:15pm-2:45pm ~ 30 minutes ~ 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 bears in the wild.

Mar13

A Walk on the Wild Side

4:10-4:55<span> pm ~45 minutes ~ The last tour of the day may have left, but you still have time to tour around the discovery area. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they lead the way talking about Turpentine Creek's history and how you can help us, help them. </span>

Mar14

Pollution Solution

10:15am-10:45am ~ 30 minutes ~ Earth provides everything that 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 Earth with. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we discover how we can help the Earth and its residents.

Mar14

Native Arkansas Wildlife

11:15-11:45 am ~30 minutes ~ <span>Arkansas&nbsp; is home to various species of animals that may not always be seen while exploring.&nbsp; Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we discover what wildlife can be found in the Natural State that also call TCWR home.&nbsp;</span>

Mar14

Elusive Leopard

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm ~30 minutes~ In the trees of the jungle lies a master hider and unique predator; the Leopard. Join our Wildlife Interpreter at the Leopard habitats as we discover more about this master predator.

Mar14

A Walk on the Wild Side

4<span>:10 pm- 4:55 pm ~45 minutes ~ The last tour of the day may have left, but you still have time to tour around the discovery area. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they lead the way talking about Turpentine Creek's history and how you can help us, help them. </span>

Mar15

The Largest Big Cat

2:15-2:45 pm ~30 minutes ~&nbsp;<span>Who is the largest big cat in the animal kingdom? Is it the lion or tiger? Join our wildlife interpreter in the Discovery Area to discover the largest big cat.</span>

Mar15

A Walk on the Wild Side

4<span>:10 pm- 4:55 pm ~45 minutes ~ The last tour of the day may have left, but you still have time to tour around the discovery area. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they lead the way talking about Turpentine Creek's history and how you can help us, help them. </span>

Mar20

Dangers of Cub Petting

3:15pm-3:45pm ~ Dangers of Cub Petting ~ Even though baby exotic animals are extremely cute and look cuddly, pay-to-play and cub petting schemes have an extreme dark side and are causing abuse, neglect, and suffering for big cats throughout the world. By learning about how big cats are exploited in the United States, we can work together to protect them.

Mar20

A Walk on the Wild Side

4:10-4:55<span> pm ~45 minutes ~ The last tour of the day may have left, but you still have time to tour around the discovery area. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they lead the way talking about Turpentine Creek's history and how you can help us, help them. </span>

Mar21

All about bears: Brown Bear vs. Black Bear

10:15 am - 10:45 am ~30 minutes~ What is the difference between a black bear and a brown bear? Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we explore the two different species and how to tell them apart.

Mar21

Tigers in the Wild: What is Palm Oil?

11:15-11:45 am ~30 minutes ~ <span>Sadly everyday tigers, orangutans, and various animals are losing their habitats due to deforestation for a product called palm oil. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we discover what palm oil is, how it isn’t good for us, and how we can protect habitats for wildlife everywhere.</span>

Mar21

Endangered Species

2:15pm-2:45pm ~ 30 minutes ~ Have you ever thought about just how many species are threatened to become extinct in our lifetime? Why is the rate of extinction a problem? Join us to learn about how many animals are endangered, and what we can do to help them.

Mar21

A Walk on the Wild Side

4<span>:10 pm- 4:55 pm ~45 minutes ~ The last tour of the day may have left, but you still have time to tour around the discovery area. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they lead the way talking about Turpentine Creek's history and how you can help us, help them. </span>