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


Tiger Trade

11:30 am- 30 minutes- Location: Self-Discovery Area- 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.


Habitat Match

3:20pm- 30 minutes- Location: Self-Discovery Area: 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.


Cat Senses

1:20pm- 30 minutes- Location- Self Discovery Area- Cat have senses that are more heightened than other animals. They use their amazing senses to survive in the wild. Join our wildlife interpreter to dive into some of the senses cats have and why they work so well.


A habitat is a home

9:30am- 30 minutes- Location- Bobcat Habitat- Humans and animals have some of the same basic needs. Every animal needs a home whether it is in a house or underground, in a bush, in the bark of a tree, or in rocks. Join our wildlife interpreter as we explore local habitats, and why it is important to protect them.


Black Panthers, do they exist?

10:20am- 30 minutes- Location- Leopard habitat- Have you ever heard the term black panther? What species of cat is it? Join our wildlife interpreter to learn which species are called black panther, and where the name came from.


Wildlife Discovery Table

12:00 pm- 1 hour- Location: Self-Discovery Table: 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.


Plastic in the food chain

2:15pm- 30 minutes- Location- Behind the gift shop- Everything in an ecosystem is interconnected, and the ocean plays a vital role in the food web. When an ecosystem is polluted with plastic, the system becomes imbalanced and can cause extreme consequences for the entire world, not just the ocean. By learning about the problems associated with plastic pollution, we can come up with solutions to protect ourselves and the environment.


Jaguar vs. Leopard

11:30 am- 30 minutes- Location: Leopard Habitat: What is the difference between a leopard and a jaguar? These two cats are a different species, and have unique adaptations to survive in the wild. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they discuss what makes these two cats a different species, where they are found, and how they are similar.



2:15 pm- 30 minutes- Location: Habitat Tour Gate: Lions rely on their family groups to survive and each lion has a specific role to play. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to discuss the only social cats in the animal kingdom.


Bam Bam, Our Wonderful Grizzly

3:15 pm- 30 minutes- Location: Grizzly Bear Habitat: We love Bam Bam and are happy that we can provide him with his forever home. However, we wish that he had never been a pet and could have been the wild bear that he should be. Join our Wildlife Interpreter in front of Bam Bam’s habitat to learn more about his story and the exotic pet trade.