Resources to Help Make the Most of Your Trip
|Free Lesson Plans||Docent Tours|
|Online Activities||Homeschool Programs|
|Classes/Workshops||Junior Refuge Manager Programs|
|Trunk and/or Travelling Program||Virtual tour|
About Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge:
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is home to an incredible amount of plant and animal diversity in its three major habitats – forest, marsh and shallow water. Referred to as the “Everglades of the North”, the refuge contains one-third of Maryland’s tidal wetlands, which makes it an ecologically important area within the state.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is home to the largest natural population of formerly endangered Delmarva peninsula fox squirrels and is also home to the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida.
Educators can schedule free educational programs including:
- Refuge Orientation
- Guided tours of Wildlife Drive
- Visitor center tours
- Habitat explorations
- Mobile exhibits
- Assistance to scouts
- Educational videos
Drive, bike, or walk the 7-mile paved Wildlife Drive that allows you to observe the scenery and wildlife up close. An Observation Platform located along Wildlife Drive is equipped with spotting scopes which offer a 360° view of the surrounding marsh.
No food is sold on site, but you can picnic on the grounds. If you visit in the summertime, be sure to bring insect repellent.
Visit the Blackwater Refuge Osprey Cam and Eagle Cam to track the nesting behaviors of these two entertaining species of birds.