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Environmental Education


Time for school again. Don't forget Back Bay NWR offers a variety of free SOL-correlated programs for local schools. Call 301-7329 to schedule.

For Educators

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

  • Calling all volunteers!

    Volunteers Needed - PROMO

    Interested in finding out how you can become involved at Back Bay NWR? We welcome volunteers with a variety of skills. Please check out our volunteer page for upcoming opportunities!

    Get Involved
  • Winter Waterfowl Walks

    Winter Waterfowl Walks - PROMO

    We are bringing back the Winter Waterfowl Walks! Join us for a one-mile hike guided by expert birders. Binoculars may be reserved ahead of time. Call to sign up!

    More information...
  • Winter Tram Tours

    Snow goose (PROMO)

    The Blue Goose Tram doesn't stop running when it gets cold! Come take a ride through the refuge and False Cape State Park on select Sundays this winter. Call (757)426-7128 for reservations.

    Dates and Information
  • Annual Dike Closure

    Beaches and DunesNovember 01, 2014

    The East and West Dike Trails will be closed from November 1 - March 31. Access to False Cape State Park remains available by the beach or by boat along Back Bay.

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: Feb 06, 2015


  • Winter Wildlife Festival

    Winter Wildlife FestivalFebruary 06, 2015 - February 08, 2015

    Don't miss the opportunity to witness winter wildlife in our area. Check out the website below for more details.

    Winter Wildlife Festival
  • Winter Waterfowl Walks

    Seasonal Closure HOMEPAGEDecember 06, 2014 - February 28, 2015

    Sign up today for a one-mile hike focused on ducks, geese and swans!

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