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Environmental Education


Time for school again. Don't forget Back Bay NWR offers a variety of free SOL-correlated programs for local schools. Call 301-7329 to schedule.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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What's Happening

  • Winter Wildlife Festival

    Winter Wildlife FestivalFebruary 06, 2015

    Don't miss out on the fifth annual Winter Wildlife Festival. Check out all the workshops, day trips and festival kickoff by photographer Kevin Karlson!

    Winter Wildlife Festival Details
  • Winter Waterfowl Walks

    Winter Waterfowl Walks - PROMO

    We are bringing back the Winter Waterfowl Walks! Join us for a one-mile hike guided by expert birders. Binoculars may be reserved ahead of time. Call to sign up!

    More information...
  • Winter Tram Tours

    Snow goose (PROMO)

    The Blue Goose Tram doesn't stop running when it gets cold! Come take a ride through the refuge and False Cape State Park on select Sundays this winter. Call (757)426-7128 for reservations.

    Dates and Information
  • Annual Dike Closure

    Beaches and DunesNovember 01, 2014

    The East and West Dike Trails will be closed from November 1 - March 31. Access to False Cape State Park remains available by the beach or by boat along Back Bay.

Page Photo Credits — Sunset on Back Bay, Larry Wilcox, Tundra Swans/Roger Roberts
, Tundra swan/USFWS, American bittern/Alex Monday (2013), All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2015


  • Winter Wildlife Festival

    Winter Wildlife FestivalFebruary 06, 2015 - February 08, 2015

    Don't miss the opportunity to witness winter wildlife in our area. Check out the website below for more details.

    Winter Wildlife Festival
  • Winter Waterfowl Walks

    Seasonal Closure HOMEPAGEDecember 06, 2014 - February 28, 2015

    Sign up today for a one-mile hike focused on ducks, geese and swans!

    View the schedule
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