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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.

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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

  • Visitor Contact Station Closure

    Beaches and DunesOctober 05, 2014

    Due to federal budget constraints, the Refuge Visitor Contact Station will be closed on Sundays during the month of October. Visitors needing information or assistance on that day may contact the Ranger on duty at the Refuge entrance station or call 757-721-3850 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Pine Thinning


    The Colchester Road reforestation site will be open for pine cutting October 18-19 from 7:30am-12:00pm. Pick up a free permit and Refuge Headquarters from October 6-10.

    Pine Thinning Events Page
  • Night Surf Fishing

    Night Surf FishingOctober 01, 2014

    Night surf fishing is back! Permits will be available beginning September 17th. Fishing will be allowed every night in October with the exception of the hunt dates, October 27-30.

    Night Surf Fishing Event Page
  • Blue Goose Tram Tours


    Summer may be winding down but the Blue Goose Tram is still running on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October. No reservation needed, come on out!

    Fall Events
Page Photo Credits — Sunset on Back Bay, Larry Wilcox, Tundra Swans/Roger Roberts
, Blue Goose Express, USFWS, American bittern/Alex Monday (2013), All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 01, 2014


  • Snakes, Frogs and Toads!

    Bullfrog (134x116)August 30, 2014 - September 21, 2014

    Fall is great time to discover the reptiles and amphibians at Back Bay NWR. Join us for a walk along the Bay Trail. Bring the whole family!

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  • 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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