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Environmental Education PromoSeptember 01, 2015

Calling all 4th graders and 4th grade teachers! Have you heard about the Every Kid in a Park program? A special pass is available to 4th grade students that covers entrance fees to all federal lands. Check out the Every Kid in a Park website for more information!

Every Kid in a Park!

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

  • Hunt Closure

    VCSOctober 26, 2015

    The annual deer and hog hunt will take place at Back Bay NWR and False Cape State Park October 26-28, 2015. The refuge and park will be closed to the general public during the hunt. Hunters will be on the refuge to scout out their zones from October 17-25.All hunters must wear blaze orange while scouting sites at the refuge.

    Refuge Hunt Information
  • Halloween Beach Cleanup

    Get Involved (PROMO)October 31, 2015

    Come on out for a Halloween day of volunteering at your local national wildlife refuge. We will meet at 9:00am at the Visitor Contact Station. All volunteers in costume will receive a prize!

  • Night Surf Fishing

    Night Surf FishingOctober 01, 2015

    Night surf fishing is back! Permits are currently available at either the Visitor Contact Station or Refuge Headquarters. Please call ahead to be sure someone is available to sell a permit.Check out the event page for more details.

    Night Surf Fishing Event Page
  • VCS Schedule Change

    Managed Wetlands (PROMO)

    The off-season schedule for the Visitor Contact Station begins September 8th. From Labor Day to Memorial Day the VCS will be closed on Sundays and Mondays. The refuge grounds remain open from sunrise to sunset.

Page Photo Credits — Sunset on Back Bay, Larry Wilcox, Tundra Swans/Roger Roberts
, Tundra swan/USFWS, American bittern/Alex Monday (2013), All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 07, 2015


  • Snakes, Frogs and Turtles!

    Bullfrog (134x116)January 01, 0001

    Time to check in with our reptile and amphibian friends! Join us for a guided hike focused on snakes, frogs, turtles and toads! Walks will be held on select days from August 29 - October 11.

    Dates and Times
  • Explorer Backpacks

    April 1, 2014 PromoApril 01, 2014

    Check out a pack and explore your national wildlife refuge! Packs must be returned the same day they are checked out.

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