In collaboration with the National Wildlife Refuge System, the Canisius College Ambassadors for Conservation is hosting school groups at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.


 Program availability


16 May 2016   to   17 June 2016





Specially trained Canisius College students (supervised by Michael Noonan, PhD) will accompany each group at the refuge, and will serve as hosts throughout the day. 






Exploration of a Flooded Woodland

(on newly-refurbished boardwalk)


Field-Based Exercise

(binoculars provided by the program)


Lunch Break

(at outdoor facility)


Conservation Games

(at Refuge)




The program is optimized for middle-school-aged children, but it can be adapted to serve ages 7-18.  Ordinarily, the program runs 10am to 2pm.  However, the start and end time can be adjusted according to each groupís needs.  An instructor must accompany each group, along with the requisite number of chaperones required by the groupís program.  Students must provide their own lunch.




The Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is a 10,828 acre wetland preserve, located just north of the town of Alabama, NY. 



It is a 40 minute drive from Buffalo, easily reached from Exit 48A of the New York State Thruway.



Cost Free


This program is cost free thanks to generous support from the Canisius College, and from the Friends of INWR. 

Sponsors and collaborating organizations


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Each group is expected to provide its own bus transportation to and from the refuge on the date of the program. When that is not possible, the program is able to provide bussing in some cases.  Requests for complimentary buses should be submitted when making a reservation. 





A maximum of 120 students can participate on any given date.  Requested dates are assigned on a first-come/first-served basis.  The boardwalk and game area are wheelchair and handicapped accessible. 



Program Director


Michael Noonan, PhD

Professor of Animal Behavior

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY 14208






To reserve a date, please contact Mary Fiorella at Canisius College:





Contact Info: Michael Noonan, PhD, Canisius College , 2001 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14208