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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

  • Philly's Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership

    Learn how we're working with Audubon Pennsylvania and other partners to engage youth, families and communities in conservation action.

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  • 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
  • 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: Oct 23, 2014
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