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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.

For Educators

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

  • Annual Deer Hunt Closure

    Hunt Closure HOMEPAGEOctober 23, 2013

    The refuge will be closed from October 27-30 to all visitation for the annual deer and feral hog hunt. See the hunt page for more details on the hunt, including scouting dates.

    Hunt Page
  • Turtle Update

    Loggerhead Sea Turtle (PROMO)

    Nest #2 finally hatched! Over 80 hatchlings have emerged from the relocated nest.

  • Pine Thinning


    The Colchester Road reforestation site will be open for pine cutting October 18-19 from 7:30am-12:00pm. Pick up a free permit and Refuge Headquarters from October 6-10.

    Pine Thinning Events Page
  • Night Surf Fishing

    Night Surf FishingOctober 01, 2014

    Night surf fishing is back! Permits will be available beginning September 17th. Fishing will be allowed every night in October with the exception of the hunt dates, October 27-30.

    Night Surf Fishing Event Page
Page Photo Credits — Sunset on Back Bay, Larry Wilcox, Tundra Swans/Roger Roberts
, Blue Goose Express, USFWS, American bittern/Alex Monday (2013), All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 22, 2014


  • Snakes, Frogs and Toads!

    Bullfrog (134x116)August 30, 2014 - September 21, 2014

    Fall is great time to discover the reptiles and amphibians at Back Bay NWR. Join us for a walk along the Bay Trail. Bring the whole family!

    Learn More
  • Explorer Backpacks

    April 1, 2014 PromoApril 01, 2014

    Check out a pack and explore your national wildlife refuge! Packs must be returned the same day they are checked out.

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