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Environmental Education PromoSeptember 01, 2015

Calling all 4th graders and 4th grade teachers! Have you heard about the Every Kid in a Park program? A special pass is available to 4th grade students that covers entrance fees to all federal lands. Check out the Every Kid in a Park website for more information!

Every Kid in a Park!

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

  • 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
  • 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. False Cape State Park handles all reservations. Please call (757)426-7128 to save your seat!

    Dates and Information
  • 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 reserve binoculars!

    More information...
  • VCS Schedule Change

    Managed Wetlands (PROMO)

    The off-season schedule for the Visitor Contact Station begins September 8th. From Labor Day to Memorial Day the VCS will be closed on Sundays and Mondays. The refuge grounds remain open from sunrise to sunset.

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: Feb 02, 2016


  • 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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