2015 Hunt Application
Applications for hunting at Assabet River, Great Meadows and Oxbow NWR are available online July 1st-31st.
Eastern MA Permits Website
Refuge Entrance Fee has begun
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Begins Implementation of the
Refuge Entrance Fee Program at the Concord Unit.
Entrance Fee FAQs
2015 Photo Contest
Enter your images of nature and wildlife into our annual photo contest. Winning entries will be displayed at Parker River NWR for one year.
2015 Photo Contest Guidelines
Every Kid in the Park
The "Every Kid in a Park" initiative provides all fourth graders and their families free admission to their public lands.
Every Kid in the Park FAQs
Lowell Students Raise Turtles
Read about how elementary students in Lowell are helping the refuge raise threatened Blanding's turtles.
Read the story on the blog
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
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
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
Around the Refuge
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
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
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
The Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) is a medium-sized, semi-aquatic freshwater turtle that is a threatened species in Massachusetts. They require a variety of wetland habitats, make frequent seasonal overland movements, and therefore suffer mortality from direct wetland habitat loss and landscape fragmentation.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Upper pool at Great Meadows - Steve Arena / USFWS Volunteer.
Last Updated: Sep 06, 2015