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


Habitat Match

11:15 am- 11:30 am- Meeting Place: Area by red umbrella- All animals use some form of camouflage to survive in the wild. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to learn about the four types of camouflage and how they help animals fit into their environment.


What's for Lunch?

12:45-1:15 pm- Meeting Place: Habitat Tour Gate: Animals, including people, have adaptations that allow them to eat specific food in order to survive. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to learn about three different eating styles and how important their adaptations are to their specific diets.


Wildlife Discovery Table

2:20pm - 2:50pm - 30 minutes - Location: Discovery Area - 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 shed fur for you to touch while visiting.


Top of the Food Chain

11:30-12:30 pm- Meeting Location: Leopard Habitat, Discovery Area: An entire ecosystem depends on each part of the food chain, with apex predators play a vital role by protecting everything around them. As many big cat species continue to become threatened or endangered, our Wildlife Interpreter will discuss the roles of apex predators and what will happen if they are unprotected. Join her next to the leopard habitat outside of the gift shop!


Predators, NOT Pets

1:15-1:45 pm- Meeting Place: Behind Gift Shop: What do Lions, Tigers, and Leopards all have in common? They are all big cats that deserve to remain in the wild, but sadly due to the exotic pet trade, they become pets. There are more Tigers in backyards in the United States than left in the wild today. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge has been rescuing abandoned, abused, and neglected big cats/bears for 25 years. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we discover more about the exotic pet trade and how you can help protect the future of big cats.


Small but Mighty, Serval

2:15pm - 2:50pm - 30 minutes - Location: Discovery Area - The African Serval might be small in size, but they are a powerful hunter. Join our Wildlife Interpreter next to the Serval habitat as we explore fun facts about Servals and their survival in the African grasslands.


Keeping Wild Animals Wild

10:30 am- 10:45 am- Meeting place: Hybrid sign in Discovery Area- Wild animals are around you every day. They have specific adaptations allowing them to survive. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to discuss what is considered a wild animal and what happens when they are taken from their natural habitat.


Bearing Down for Winter

11:30-12:00 pm- Meeting Place: Bam Bam, Grizzly Bear Habitat: When it comes to the seasons, winter can be the harshest for wildlife. Bears like other wildlife have a special superpower to survive during the winter months. Join Wildlife Interpreter next to Bam Bam’s habitat for a fun activity to explore how bears survive the bitter cold winter months.


Adaptation Artistry

1:15pm-1:45pm-Meeting place: Behind the gift shop: Wildlife have many special adaptations that make them suited for the area they live in. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to explore some of these adaptations. We will create critters of our own with their own special adaptations and create a habitat for our special friends.


Paws and Claws

2:15pm - 2:45pm - 30 minutes - Location: Discovery Area - 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!