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  • 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

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    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

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: Oct 08, 2015
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