July 25, 2016 - Come join hundreds of other onlookers, who wait with anticipation for the Saltwater Cowboys to move a large group of Chincoteague Ponies from the northern area of the refuge, down the beach, to a corral located along Beach Road, in preparation for the Annual Pony Swim.
Join the Town of Chincoteague in celebrating the Annual Pony Swim & auction, a local cultural tradition!
Saturday, September 24 - Entrance to the refuge is free in celebration of National Public Lands Day.
October 1, 2015 - Refuge hours change to 6:00am - 8:00pm.
October 8, 2016 - The diversity of wild places and wildlife found on more than 550 National Wildlife Refuges is celebrated. Come build a birdhouse, see a live animal presentation or try your luck at fun activities. Numerous family friendly activities will be available for birders and wildlife lovers of all ages. For more information, call (757)336-6122.
Entrance to the refuge is free on Sunday October 9, 2016 to kick off National Wildlife Refuge Week.
November 1, 2016 - Refuge hours change to 6:00am - 6:00pm
To honor our veterans, entrance to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and other National Public Lands is free for the weekend, November 11-13, 2016.
Fall heralds the return of thousands of snow geese from their northern tundra breeding grounds to the milder climate of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge for the winter. With the geese come a variety of ducks and swans as well as flocks of visitors who celebrate Thanksgiving weekend in this special place.
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