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    Planning a trip? A Federal Parks Pass may save you money. Call 973-702-7266 x 10 for availability.


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    New Hunting Opportunities Added

    Many changes will be implemented in 2016. Link below for detailed information and how to apply.

    Hunting on Wallkill River NWR

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    Every Kid in a Park

    Free National Park Pass available to all fourth graders.

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    For all the weather buffs out there

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Winter Raptor Event

Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge hosts many free public events throughout the year, including hiking, fishing, bird watching, and kayaking as well as various children’s programs. Check out all of our upcoming events on the events calendar.

Events Calendar

Meet Our Friends

Meet Our Friends

Friends Group Members pose with Blue Goose

The Friends of Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge is an independent non-profit association founded in 2006. The operations and activities are managed by an all volunteer board of directors. The purpose of the Friends of Wallkill River is to support the mission of the Refuge through promotion of environmental stewardship, biological programs, environmental education, recreational activities, land acquisition and habitat management and enhancement. For more information, visit their website or contact:


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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What's Happening

  • Refuge Completes Prescribed Burn for Habitat Management

    Dagmar Dale RX Burn

    On April 16, USFWS staff and State partners from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey gathered to conduct a prescribed burn on 72 acres of grassland habitat. The fire will help to maintain high quality grassland habitat for early successional bird species such as grasshopper sparrows and bluebirds, by encouraging the growth of warm-season grasses and setting back woody species (shrubs and trees) that naturally invade over time. The timing of the burn coincides with the natural emergence of warm-season grasses, which don’t begin to germinate until soil temperatures reach about 52° F. By burning just before these grasses emerge (and after other non-desirable cool-season and woody species have germinated or leafed out), we are able to set back the plant species we don’t want, and simultaneously encourage those that provide better habitat structure for grassland-dependent birds. Regrowth will occur quickly, and the unit is expected to recover in time to provide cover for this summer’s breeding birds. In the meantime, the exposed unit is providing prime hunting habitat for the refuge’s kestrels, harriers and hawks

  • Comment Period Has Closed for Draft Great Thicket Land Protection Plan

    April 04, 2016

    In response to decreasing wildlife populations, conservationists have called for more protected and managed shrublands. To address this, the Service worked with partners to propose the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge. A draft environmental assessment was distributed for public review and comment. The comment period has now closed.

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  • New Law Enforcement Hot Line Number

    Introducing the Division of Refuge Law Enforcement, National Wildlife Refuge System Turn In Poachers, or TIPs, hotline. Please contact this phone number to report any unlawful activities observed on the refuge. 1-844-NWR-TIPS (697-8477).

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Last Updated: Apr 21, 2016
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