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Friends of Heinz Refuge

Friends of Heinz Refuge

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Friends of Heinz Refuge (FOHR) is engaged in a wide diversity of projects, programs, and services which serve to raise awareness of and support for John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, as well as the National Wildlife Refuge System and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

FOHR Website

Youth Conservation Award

Youth Conservation Award - Connecting Youth with Nature

Youth Conservation Award patch.

The Heinz Refuge Youth Conservation Award was created to recognize efforts of all youth who seek to learn more about the importance of wildlife habitat and environmental stewardship during their refuge visit(s) and then use what they learn in their daily lives. Completion of the award requires seeing and experiencing the refuge first-hand, learning and applying knowledge obtained from refuge exhibits and brochures, and participating in refuge-based activities, service projects, etc. This is sponsored by Friends of Heinz Refuge.

Learn more on our For Educators page.

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

  • Walks & Nature Programs

    Young girl with a fish she caught - USFWS.

    There are a variety of walks and nature programs for the whole family year-round at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Visit our Walks & Nature programs page for a list of upcoming events.

    Walks & Nature Programs
  • Nature Photo Contest

    Photo Contest Promo

    The Friends of Heinz Refuge at Tinicum Photo Group Contest is here! A complete set of guidelines can be found at the visitor center or online. All entries must be submitted no later than Sunday, August 24, 2014 and winners will be announced on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1 p.m.

    Guidelines and Entry Form
  • Cradle of Birding Festival

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    John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is hosting its 10th annual Cradle of Birding Festival Saturday, September 20th 2014 from 7AM to 3PM! The Philadelphia Zoo, Academy of Natural Sciences, Art Sphere, and Adventure Aquarium are only a few of the exhibitors that will be making an appearance with family-friendly activities that day! We'll also have free food, live music, and will be announcing the winner of the Nature Photography Contest that day! Dr. Dan Duran, world famous entomology professor from Drexel University, will also be the keynote speaker this year. This is an event you definitely don't want to miss! See you on September 20th!

    2014 Cradle of Birding Flyer
  • BIG SIT!

    BIG SIT!October 13, 2013

    Join us on Sunday, October 12th for the BIG SIT at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. The Heinz Refuge team "Big Sittas" will be counting birds sunrise to sunset at the Observation Tower, during this day-long, international event. All are welcome to join us for 10 minutes, a few hours, or all day! The BIG SIT highlights the rich variety of birds that rely upon Heinz Refuge resources, including eagles, hawks, owls, geese, ducks, waders, warblers, woodpeckers, sparrows, swallows and many more!

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge - Ron Holmes.
Last Updated: Sep 05, 2014
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