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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

  • BioBlitz at Back Bay

    BioBlitz (no logos)April 23, 2016

    On April 23rd the refuge will participate in a state-wide BioBlitz event. Come out to the refuge to learn about the plants and animals that live right here in Virginia Beach. Children's activities, a special natural history walk and a beginner's photography workshop are all part of the day.

  • Summer Events


    Check out upcoming summer programs. Signups begin April 15th.

    Summer Event Details
  • 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.

  • 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: Apr 16, 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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