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


Predators NOT Pets

2:10 pm- 35 minutes- Location" Behind Gift Shop- What do lions, tigers, and leopards all have in common? They are all big cats that deserve to be in the wild, but sadly due to the exotic pet trade, they become pets. There are more tigers in backyards than left in the wild today. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to discuss the solutions to this complex issue, and how we can continue to save lives at Turpentine Creek.


Tiger Trade

11:30 am- 1 hour- Location: Self-discovery area: Tigers are a symbol of power, strength, and beauty. However, there are only 3,800 left in the wild. If we do not protect them now, wild tigers will vanish forever. Join our Wildlife Interpreter in the self-discovery area at the Refuge to discuss the biggest threats to wild tigers today, and how we can save them from extinction.


Wild Sense of Smell

2:15 pm- 30 minutes- Location: Habitat Tour Gate- Wild animal populations rely heavily on their sense of smell for survival. Join our Wildlife Interpreter by the habitat tour gate to discover which adaptations are important for that animal, and which wild animals have a similar sense of smell to humans!