Celebrating Thanksgiving in the city needn’t mean giving nature the slip. Either pre- or post-stuffing, you’ll feel better if you get out and move. But where? Head to a scenic walking trail on a national wildlife refuge – many cities have one closer than you might think. Entrance is either free or almost. While you walk off your feast, you might even spy some wilder birds than the ones around your table.
National wildlife refuges, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are part of America’s rich natural heritage. They have been so since 1903, when President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge on Pelican Island in Florida.
Refuges offer chances to see an almost unparalleled array of wildlife, including many of the nation’s most beloved and spectacular species. Check out scores of refuge trails here: http://www.fws.gov/refuges/trails/index.cfm.
Denver, CO: Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (6550 Gateway Rd., Commerce City, CO)
Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (3815 American Blvd., East Bloomington, MN)
New Orleans, LA: Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge (61389 Hwy. 434, Lacombe, LA)
Newark, NJ: Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (241 Pleasant Plains Rd., Basking Ridge, NJ)
Olympia, WA Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (100 Brown Farm Rd., Olympia, WA)
Philadelphia, PA: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum (8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA)
Portland, OR: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (19255 SW Pacific Hwy., Sherwood, OR)
San Diego, CA: Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge (301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA)
San Francisco, CA: Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge (1 Marshland Rd., Fremont, CA)
Worcester, MA: Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (680 Hudson Rd., Sudbury. MA)
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