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Environmental Education Training

Back Bay ExplorersApril 01, 2016

Training for volunteers interested in assisting with spring field trips and summer children's activities will take place on Friday, April 1st from 10:00am-2:00pm. Please call Erica Locher at (757)301-7329 ext. 3106 if you are interested in attending.

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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

  • Summer Events


    Check out upcoming summer programs. Signups begin April 15th. FISHING CLINIC DATES: June 28, July 12, July 26 and August 9. Call to sign up!

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  • Blue Goose Tram Tours


    Spring is here! The Blue Goose Tram will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in April and May, departing at 9am and returning by 1pm. No reservations needed.

  • Partners for Fish and Wildlife Project

    Partners for Fish and Wildlife (Sandy Project)

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is assisting with a Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Project. This project will provide shoreline stabilization through living shorelines, reforestation of natural areas and restoration of wetland hydrology in several sites in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. Restoration at Back Bay NWR will include shoreline stabilization at the Visitor Contact Station and Horn Point kayak/canoe launch.

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  • eBird Trail Tracker

    Seasonal Closure (PROMO)

    We have added a new feature to our website! Check out the eBird Trail Tracker to see what sightings have been seen recently at the refuge!

    eBird Trail Tracker
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: May 09, 2016


  • Snakes, Frogs and Toads!

    Bullfrog (134x116)May 14, 2016 - June 12, 2016

    Come enjoy the spring and learn about our reptile and amphibian friends. Join us for a walk along the Bay Trail. Bring the whole family!

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  • 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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