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


May26

Top of the Food Chain

10:15am- 25 minutes- Location: In front of the Leopard Habitat- An entire ecosystem depends on each part of the food chain, with apex predators playing a vital role by protecting everything around them. As many big cat species continue t become threatened or endangered, our Wildlife Interpreter will discuss the role of apex predators and what will happen if they are unprotected. Join her next to the leopard's outside of the gift shop!

May26

Paws and Claws

11:15 am- 1 hour- Location: Self-discovery area- All animals have different adaptations for survival. For a predator, their paws and claws are the most important part for them to catch their food. Join our Wildlife Interpreter in the self-discovery area for an interactive activity great for all ages. We have replica claws, teeth, furs, and paw casts to learn about the different ways that our predators at the Refuge survive.

May26

Small but Mighty Serval

2:15 pm- 30 minutes- Location: Self-discovery Serval Habitat- Often confused with a baby cheetah, African Servals are a small but mighty predator. One of the most successful hunters out of the cat species, servals back a lot of power in a small body. Join our Wildlife Interpreter next to our serval habitat to learn more about their ecology, and what makes them a predator not pet.

May27

Exceptional Eyesight

10:15am- 25 minutes- Location: Down bear tunnel- Cats, especially large cats, are able to see much better than people. Join our Wildlife Interpreter for an interactive experience to learn more about the cats' exceptional eyesight.

May27

Wildlife Discovery Table

12:30 pm- 1 hour- Location: Self-Discovery Area- Join your Wildlife Interpreter behind the gift shop to learn about the wonderful world of wildlife this Memorial Day! We have replica claws, teeth, paw prints, and furs for you to touch and explore. We do not use any real wildlife products that would hurt the animals. This hands on activity is fun for all ages, and a great way to learn about the animals that call TCWR home.

May27

Mammals

1:45pm- 20 minutes- Location: Next to Goober's habitat- Mammals are considered one class in the animal kingdom and they all have the same basic traits. Join a Wildlife Interpreter to discuss what a mammal is and how there are many different animals considered one.

May27

Bam Bam Our Wonderful Grizzly

2:15 pm- 30 minutes- Location: Grizzly Bear Habitat- This Memorial Day we celebrate our animals at TCWR and the infamous Grizzly Bear Bam Bam. He is such a character and loves to play in his swimming pool, with his toys, and look for food in his habitat. Our Wildlife Interpreter will meet you next to his habitat to talk about his past, and about bears in the wild.

May27

Bear Diets

3:10 pm- 20 minutes- Location: In front of Black Bear habitat at the end of the bear tunnel- Did you know bears are omnivores, just like people? They spend the majority of their days scavenging for food. Join our Wildlife Interpreter and explore the diverse diets of out bears here at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and how it compares to humans and what they eat in the wild.

May27

If You Give a Tiger a Toy

4:15 pm- 30 minutes- Location: Behind the Gift Shop- What happens when you give a tiger a toy? Find at with TCWR this memorial day. We give our large predators toys to treat as their prey. Our wildlife interpreter will meet you behind the gift shop with some toys our animals have destroyed, and discuss the great power of our predators.

Jun03

Predators, NOT Pets

11:30 a.m.- 1 hour- Location: 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 can be found in backyards throughout the country due to the exotic pet trade. Currently there are more tigers in the state of Texas than in the wild. TCWR has been rescuing abused, neglected, and abandoned exotic animals for 26 years. Join our Wildlife Interpreter behind the gift shop to learn more about how you can help on National Animal Rights Day.

Jun03

Discovery Table

2:00 p.m.- 1 hour- Location: Behind Gift Shop- Join our Wildlife Interpreter on National Animal Rights Day and explore some of our nature items to help you discover more about wildlife. We never use any real bones, teeth, etc. that would hurt an animal. We have amazing replicas and molds you can touch and feel while you are visiting!

Jun03

The Reality of Cub Petting

4:10 p.m.- 30 minutes- Location: Tiger Habitat Behind Gift Shop- Even though baby exotic animals are extremely cute and look cuddly, cub petting schemes have an extreme dark side and are causing abuse, neglect, and death for big cats around the world. By learning about how big cats are exploited, we can work together on National Animal Rights Day to protect them.

Jun22

What is Palm Oil?

11:10 Learn More hour- Location: Self-Discovery Area- TCWR is excited to celebrate Earth Day and work with visitors on how to make a difference for the environment. Sadly every day tigers, orangutans, and other types of wildlife are losing their habitats to deforestation. A product called palm oil, found in 60% of our grocery products, is causing these animals to be on the brink of extinction. This Earth Day we will be discussing how we can protect the Earth for all living beings.

Jun22

Top of the Food Chain

2:00 Learn More hour- Location: Behind Gift Shop- An entire ecosystem depends on each part of the food chain, with apex predators playing a vital role and protecting the environment around them. This Earth Day we will discuss the importance of protecting threatened and endangered species, and what will happen to the Earth if they disappear. This activity is appropriate for all ages!