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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

  • Snakes, Frogs and Toads... Oh My!

    Bullfrog (134x116)

    Time to check out our reptile and amphibian friends! Join us for a guided hike focused on snakes, frogs, turtles and toads!

    Dates and Times
  • Clean the Bay Day

    Get Involved (PROMO)June 06, 2015

    Come on out for a day of volunteering at your local national wildlife refuge. Clean the Bay Day and National Fishing Week are annual events at Back Bay. Sign up today!!

    Learn more about the event...
  • New Hours for VCS


    Beginning April 6th the Visitor Contact Station will be open Tuesday - Saturday through the end of May. On June 1st the VCS will be open Tuesday - Sunday. Refuge trails will remain open DAILY from sunrise to sunset. If you would like to purchase a pass please CALL AHEAD (757-301-7329) to ensure a staff member or volunteer will be available to assist you.

  • Blue Goose Tram Tours


    Spring is here! The Blue Goose Tram will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in April and May, departing at 9am and returning by 1pm. No reservations needed.

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: May 25, 2015



    Nature Hike (PROMO)May 05, 2015

    The East Dike will close and the West Dike will open on Tuesday, May 5th. Enjoy!

    Events Information
  • 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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