Friends of Heinz Refuge
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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!More Information
The refuge protects a variety of habitats for birds in the highly urbanized landscape of greater Philadelphia. It has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. While most of the 300 plus avian species identified at the refuge utilize it as a migratory stopover, more than 80 species have been recorded nesting on the refuge over the years. Several species are also state listed as either threatened or endangered species or species of state or national management concern.
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