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    • Sunrise Pony Walk

      Chincoteague pony - Emma Kerr/USFWS.

      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.

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    • Annual Pony Swim & Auction

      Event - Pony

      Join the Town of Chincoteague in celebrating the Annual Pony Swim & auction, a local cultural tradition!

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    • National Public Lands Day - Free Fee Day

      Public Lands Day

      Saturday, September 24 - Entrance to the refuge is free in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

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    • Fall Hours


      October 1, 2015 - Refuge hours change to 6:00am - 8:00pm.

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    • National Wildlife Refuge Week Celebration

      Event - Birdwatching

      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.

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    • First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week - Fee Free Day

      Blue Goose

      Entrance to the refuge is free on Sunday October 9, 2016 to kick off National Wildlife Refuge Week.

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    • Winter Hours


      November 1, 2016 - Refuge hours change to  6:00am - 6:00pm

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    • Veteran's Day Weekend - Fee Free Days


      To honor our veterans, entrance to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and other National Public Lands is free for the weekend, November 11-13, 2016.

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    • Refuge Waterfowl Weekend

      Snow Geese

      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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Last Updated: Feb 04, 2016
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