As a first time visitor we stopped at the Center of Education. There, volunteers explained the background of the refuge and what can be expected to be seen before heading out on the five-mile drive. The refuge is over 7,000 acres of mangrove populated with large flocks of water birds and migrating waterfowl, as well as alligators, otters, raccoons and even an American crocodile! Since we were there in the winter we saw a lot of species of birds, several alligators, and an "old" crocodile.
Volunteer interpreters, were regularly stationed throughout the drive to assist us with our questions about the refuge and its inhabitants.