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


The Largest Big Cat

10:15 am- 10:35 am ~20 minutes~ Meeting Place: Next to the playground- Who is the largest big cat in the animal kingdom? Is it the lion or tiger? Join our wildlife interpreter next to the playground to discover who is the largest big cat.


Hype of Hybrids

2:30pm - 3:00pm - 30 minutes -&nbsp;<span>“It’s pretty much my favorite animal. It’s like a lion and a tiger mixed… bred for its skills in magic…” Unlike in Napoleon Dynamite, these animals really do exist and are not a magical creature. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter near our ti-liger Lakota in the Discovery Area to discuss how these hybrids are created, and why they are not considered a real species.</span>


Endangered Species

2:20pm - 2:50pm - 30 minutes -&nbsp;<span>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.</span>


Wildlife Discovery Table

2:30pm - 3:30pm - 1 Hour -&nbsp;<span>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.</span>


A Walk on the Wild Side

3:15 pm- 4:00 pm ~45 minutes~ Meeting Place: Back of Gift Shop- 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 she leads the way talking about Turpentine Creek's history and how you can help us, help them.


The Elusive Leopard

11:30am - 12:00pm - 30 minutes - <span>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 elusive predator.</span>