Educational Programming at the DU Waterfowling Heritage Center

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Discover your connection to nature's wetlands at the Waterfowling Heritage Center. Our field trips offer educational and entertaining experiences whether you're bringing a class, summer camp, or other group. WHC's programs align with Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas State and Catholic Diocese of Memphis science objectives and encourage discovery through "hands-on" object-based learning.

Both self-guided and guided tours are free to the public.

Self-Guided visit to WHC

On a self-guided visit to the museum, your group will receive a scavenger hunt to assist you in your visit.

Guided visit to WHC

Guided tours of WHC can be booked in groups of 20 to 25 people. A guided tour of the museum takes about 30 minutes. When booking large groups please be aware of your time restraints.


Any of our programs can be added to your museum visit. Our programs take about 30 to 45 minutes and can accommodate classes up to 30 students.

Look Who's Quacking

PK to 2nd Grade
In this lesson, students learn all the reasons and ways ducks quack. Students will use their listening skills to decipher if a duck is happy, sad, or even hungry. This is a hands-on and active lesson the gets students get the opportunity to use a real duck call.

Weather and Wetlands: Clouds and Rain

2nd to 5th Grade
Students will discover the importance of water and the water cycle to our environment. Students study clouds and rain and their impact on the health of our wetlands through hands-on experiments.

Eat Like a Duck

3rd to 5th Grade
Students will get to know their inner biologist in this hands-on lesson. Your group will discover what a duck eats by sifting and digging through the mud and dirt to find bugs, seeds, and more. As a group they will classify what they find and compare with others in their class to find what is duck food and what isn't.

Treatment Plants

3rd to 5th grade
Students will observe how plants remove pollutants from the water. Through hands-on activities students analyze the limitations of this ability when wetlands are overloaded with pollutants from the surrounding land.

Flight in Progress: The Migrator's Journey

6th to 8th Grade
The depletion of our nation's wetlands is a constant obstacle for migrating waterfowl. In this lesson, students will learn about the trials waterfowl face every winter and spring when migrating to their wintering and summering grounds. Students will experience migration first-hand in our hands-on program.

Web of Life

6th to 8th Grade
Students experience the delicate balance of living things through interactive play. In this activity, the students portray elements of an ecosystem, and learn the importance of each element living in a wetland.

Conservation in Crisis

6th to 8th Grade
Wetland habitat change as a result of land-use practices. In this hands-on activity, students seek to find a balance between the needs of people and wildlife with the challenge of not negatively impacting wildlife habitat.


9th to 12th grade
Ducks have inspired many common inventions that we use today, from simple items like flippers to heating and cooling systems. Students discover the biomimcry of ducks and the science behind these inspirations.

Contact Katie Burke, Curator of the Waterfowling Heritage Center:
(901)291-8213 (office)
(662)417-9331 (cell)