|People take advantage of Havasu National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona. Photo credit: USFWS|
Next week, we invite you to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 12-18) with a visit to a national wildlife refuge. The National Wildlife Refuge System protects more than 150 million acres of land and water from the Caribbean to the Pacific, Maine to Alaska. There is at least one national wildlife refuge in every state.
While there, you can fish, hunt, hike or just immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature. As if you needed another good reason to share in America’s natural heritage, Sunday, October 12, is a fee-free day. Admission fees at wildlife refuges are waived on that day.
So many options, not sure where to start? USATODAY.com offers a look at some standout refuges, or you can use our handy refuge locater to find a refuge near you. Our calendar also shows some of the events taking place for Refuge Week. It’s your land, America, take joy in it!