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  • Refuge Entrance Fee Announcement

    This spring we will be implementing an entrance fee program in order to ensure basic visitor services and maintenance at the Concord Unit.

    Learn more about the program.

  • We need your help!

    Familiarize yourself with the Rusty Blackbird and help us by participating in the Rusty Blackbird Spring Blitz.

    Rusty Blackbird Fact sheet

  • DOI Update

    President Obama announced free entrance to public lands for every fourth-grader in America and their families for an entire year.

    Watch the Video

  • Black Duck_Jr Duck Stamp

    Sale of Duck Stamps & Interagency Passes

    Interagency Passes & Duck Stamps can now only be purchased at the Assabet River NWR, 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA, Fri-Sun, 10 am to 4 pm.

    Changes in Sale of Passes & Duck Stamps

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Fishing derby - USFWS.

There are events year-round for the whole family at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and the rest of the refuges in the Eastern Massachusetts complex. Check out our events calendar to find one near you!

Upcoming Events

About the Complex

Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The complex is comprised of eight refuges.

Great Meadows is managed as part of the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Learn more about the complex 

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.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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Around the Refuge

  • Resource Management

    Pulling invasive water chestnut - Lamar Gore/USFWS.

    Refuge managers employ a variety of tools to support the goal of biological diversity. Whether it's water level manipulation, promotion of native plants, or invasive species control, there's always work to be done on the refuge. Visit our resource management page to learn more about the work we do.

    Resource Management
  • Get Involved

    Turtle survey - USFWS.

    There are many ways to get involved at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers and interns are an invaluable addition to our workforce. Visit the Get Involved page to learn about ways that you can help conserve our natural resources.

    Get Involved
  • Visitor Activities

    School group on the refuge - USFWS.

    There are activities on the refuge throughout the seasons including wildlife viewing, photography, hunting, fishing, environmental education and interpretation. Check out our visitor activities page to learn more.

    Visitor Activities
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Upper pool at Great Meadows - Steve Arena / USFWS Volunteer.
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2015
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