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There are events year-round at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Check out our program calendar to find one near you!

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About the Complex

Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Chafee National Wildlife Refuge consists of 554 acres.

John H. Chafee is managed as part of the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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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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Around the Refuge

  • Naturally Curious Lecture Series 2015

    Naturally Curious Lecture Series Flyer 2015

    Join the USFWS as we launch into the Spring and Summer seasons with a new monthly lecture and film series for the third Friday evening of each month in March, April, May and June. This series is designed to present new, inter-generational, ways to connect with nature, as well as an introduction to thought provoking conservation topics. These programs are free and open to the public.

    click here for more information on the Naturally Curious Lecture Series 2015
  • Visitor Activities

    Fishing on the refuge - USFWS.

    There are activities year-round at John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge including fishing, wildlife viewing, kayaking, photography and environmental education. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more.

    Visitor Activities
  • Know Before You Go

    Kayak launch - USFWS.

    The kayak launch area (along with a few other shoreline access points) is open to the public every day from sunrise until sunset. Please remember to dress for the weather, wear insect repellent and keep an eye out for poison ivy. Check out our Plan Your Visit page for more helpful tips.

    Plan Your Visit
  • Get Involved

    Volunteers on the refuge - USFWS.

    Volunteers play an integral role at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Assignments can include greeting visitors at the contact station, leading tours, plover monitoring, invasive species management and trail maintenance. Visit our Get Involved page to learn more!

    Get Involved
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2015
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