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


Mar21

What is a True Sanctuary?

9:30 a.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Behind Gift Shop- The most important aspect of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is being a true sanctuary, with accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. We provide forever homes for exotic animals who have fallen victim to the exotic pet trade. Our Wildlife Interpreter will explain the difference between true and fake sanctuaries, and how we can all work together to save more animals!

Mar21

Who is It?

10:00 a.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is home to many different species of exotic animals, from Cecil our Blue and Gold Macaw to Brady, one of our ligers. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to test your animal skills in this fun family game.

Mar21

Endangered Species

11:10 a.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Tiger Habitats Behind Gift Shop- Have you ever thought about just how many species are threatened to become extinct in our lifetime? Why is this rate of extinction a problem and can hurt our health? Join us to learn about how many animals are endangered, and what we can do to ensure their survival.

Mar21

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt

1:00 p.m.- 1 hour- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Learn how to forage like a wild animal during your Spring Break! An interactive and fun game great for all ages and the whole family, your Wildlife Interpreter will help get you started on your fun adventure behind the gift shop.

Mar21

What if They're All Gone?

2:30 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Behind Gift Shop- What does a tiger, gorilla, and Ozark big eared bat all have in common? They are all animals that are facing the threat of extinction from habitat destruction, over hunting, and many more issues. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we explore what would happen if these magnificent animals were to go extinct.

Mar21

Tigers in Arkansas

3:30 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Tiger Habitats, Self-Discovery Area- Tigers represent strength, power, wildness and beauty as a cultural symbol for their magnificence. Although they are highly admired, they are heavily exploited in the U.S. for profit. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to discuss the problems this species faces in captivity, and how we can save them from abuse and neglect for the future.

Mar22

The Small but Mighty Serval

9:30 a.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Serval Habitat, Self-Discovery Area- The African Serval might be small in size, but they are the most successful hunter of all cats. Join our Wildlife Interpreter next to the Serval habitat as they explore fun facts about Servals and their survival in the African grasslands.

Mar22

Bam Bam, The Grizzly Bear

11:10 a.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Bam Bam's Habitat- We love Bam Bam and are happy that we can provide him with his forever home. However, we wish that he was never a pet to begin with. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to learn more about his story and how to protect animals from the exotic pet trade.

Mar22

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt

1:00 p.m.- 1 hour- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Learn how to forage like a wild animal this Spring Break! An interactive game that is fun for the whole family, your Wildlife Interpreter will meet you behind the gift shop and get you started with your adventure!

Mar22

Help Us, Help Them

2:00 p.m.- 1 hour- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Sadly, there are more tigers in U.S. backyards than there are left in the wild. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to explore how you can help be a voice for wildlife everywhere, and how we can help put an end to the exotic pet trade.

Mar22

What Does a Bear Eat?

3:30 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Bear Tunnel, Self-Discovery Area- Bears are a part of the Carnivore family, but are actually Omnivores and have a similar diet to humans! Join our Wildlife Interpreter next to the black bear habitats to explore the diverse diets of our bears at TCWR, and what they would eat in the wild.

Mar22

The Bear Facts

4:00 Learn More hour- Location: Bam Bam's Habitat- 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 around the world.

Mar23

What is Palm Oil?

9:30 a.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Every day tigers, orangutans, and various animal species are losing their habitats due to deforestation for a product called palm oil. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we discover what in the world palm oil is, how it isn't good for our bodies, and how we can help protect habitats for wildlife everywhere.

Mar23

Enrichment Fun

12:00 p.m.- 1 hour- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Enrichment provides fun activities for our animals to enjoy that helps them stay physically and mentally active. Join our Wildlife Interpreter next to Bam Bam's habitat to get creative and make new enrichment for the animals that call TCWR home.

Mar23

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt

1:00 p.m.- 1 hour- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Learn how to forage like a wild animal this Spring Break with TCWR! Meet your Wildlife Interpreter behind the gift shop to get started on your adventure. This activity is fun for all ages!

Mar23

If You Give a Tiger a Toy

2:00 p.m.- 1 hour- Location: Tiger Habitats, Self-Discovery Area- IN the wild tigers can find many things to keep them physically and mentally active. However, in captivity if not given proper enrichment, it can lead to a lack of important activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter to explore some of the toys given to the cats at TCWR to motivate their predatory instincts, and test your "tiger" strength.

Mar23

Savannah Explorer

3:30 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Serval Habitat, Self-Discovery Area- The African Savannah is home to many unique creatures from elephants to the majestic Lion. Join our Wildlife Interpreter next to the Serval habitat as we discover the wonderful wildlife you can see when in Africa, through this interactive activity!

Mar23

Predators, NOT Pets

4:10 p.m.- 30 minutes- Behind Gift Shop- Many of the animals that call TCWR home have previously been help as a "pet". However, predators are not pets and deserve to be in the wild. Many end up extremely abused and neglected due to lack of basic care. Join our Wildlife Interpreter next to the tiger habitats to learn how we can protect big cats for the future.

Mar24

Black Panthers, Do They Exist?

9:30 a.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Leopard Habitat- Have you heard of a black panther before? What species of cat is it? Where are they found in the wild? Join our Wildlife Interpreter in an interactive activity to learn what a black panther is, and where the name comes from.

Mar24

What's For Lunch?

10:30 a.m.- 30 minutes- Location- Self-Discovery Area- Animals, including people, have adaptations that allow them to eat specific food in order to survive. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to learn about the three different types of eating styles, and how important their diets are here at TCWR.

Mar24

Our Wild Neighbor, the Bobcat

11:10 a.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Bobcat Habitat- Bobcats can be seen in the woods throughout Arkansas, but sadly can be found in backyards as peoples' pets as well. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter next to our bobcat habitats, and learn about how you can help keep these cats wild!

Mar24

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt

1:00 p.m.- 1 hour- Location: Self-Discovery Area- Learn how to forage like a wild animal this Spring Break at TCWR! This fun interactive activity is fun for the entire family and great for all ages. Your Wildlife Interpreter will meet you behind the gift shop to get you started with your adventure.

Mar24

Who Goes There?

3:30 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Self-Discovery Area- Do you know which wild animals do not live together in the wild? Test your knowledge with our Wildlife Interpreter with a fun guessing game, and learn about different adaptations of wild animals during Spring Break! Program will begin outside the gift shop.

Mar24

The Surprising Reality of White Tigers

4:10 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location: White Tiger Habitat, Behind Gift Shop- White tigers are often confused as albino or an arctic or snow tiger, which is actually not true! Join our Wildlife Interpreter next to our white tigers Tanya and Kizmin outside of the gift shop and explore the reason why white tigers exist, and the disadvantages the beauty of this animal has caused in captivity.

Mar30

What does a bear eat?

10:15 am- 30 minutes- Location: Next to the Black Bear habitats - Join our Wildlife Interpreter next to the black bear habitats to explore the diverse diets of our bears here at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and how they compare to the diets of bears in the wild.

Mar30

Reality of cub petting

1:15pm-30 minutes-Location: Tiger habitat behind gift shop-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 State, we can work together to protect them.

Mar30

Surprising reality of White Tigers

2:30 pm- 30 minutes- Location: Behind the Gift Shop- White tigers are not albino, a rare separate subspecies of tiger, and are not naturally found in the wild. Join our Wildlife Interpreter next to Tanya and Kizmin behind the gift shop and explore the disadvantages white tigers face in captivity.

Mar30

What is Palm Oil

4pm-1 hour-Location: Tiger Habitat behind gift shop-Sadly everyday tigers, orangutans, and various animals are losing their habitats due to the deforestation for a product called palm oil. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we discover what in the world palm oil is, how it isn't good for us, and how we can protect habitats for wildlife everywhere.

Mar31

Prides

9:30 am- 30 minutes- Location: Next to the Serval habitat- 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.

Mar31

Keeping Wild Animals Wild

2:10 pm- 30 minutes- Location: In front of Bam Bam's habitat- Wild animals are around you everyday and they have specific adaptations to allow them to survive. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to discuss what is considered a wild animals and what happens when they are taken from their natural habitat.