Refuge Entrance Fee Announcement
This spring we will be implementing an entrance fee program in order to ensure basic visitor services and maintenance at the Concord Unit.
Learn more about the program.
We need your help!
Familiarize yourself with the Rusty Blackbird and help us by participating in the Rusty Blackbird Spring Blitz.
Rusty Blackbird Fact sheet
President Obama announced free entrance to public lands for every fourth-grader in America and their families for an entire year.
Watch the Video
Sale of Duck Stamps & Interagency Passes
Interagency Passes & Duck Stamps can now only be purchased at the Assabet River NWR, 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA, Fri-Sun, 10 am to 4 pm.
Changes in Sale of Passes & Duck Stamps
There are events year-round for the whole family at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and the rest of the refuges in the Eastern Massachusetts complex. Check out our events calendar to find one near you!Upcoming Events
About the Complex
The complex is comprised of eight refuges.
Great Meadows is managed as part of the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
Around the Refuge
Refuge managers employ a variety of tools to support the goal of biological diversity. Whether it's water level manipulation, promotion of native plants, or invasive species control, there's always work to be done on the refuge. Visit our resource management page to learn more about the work we do.Resource Management
There are many ways to get involved at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers and interns are an invaluable addition to our workforce. Visit the Get Involved page to learn about ways that you can help conserve our natural resources.Get Involved
There are activities on the refuge throughout the seasons including wildlife viewing, photography, hunting, fishing, environmental education and interpretation. Check out our visitor activities page to learn more.Visitor Activities
The Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) is a medium-sized, semi-aquatic freshwater turtle that is a threatened species in Massachusetts. They require a variety of wetland habitats, make frequent seasonal overland movements, and therefore suffer mortality from direct wetland habitat loss and landscape fragmentation.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Upper pool at Great Meadows - Steve Arena / USFWS Volunteer.
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2015