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Calendar of Events

Young girl with a fish she caught - USFWS.

There are a variety of walks and nature programs suitable for the whole family year-round at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Visit our Walks & Nature programs page for a list of upcoming events.

Calendar of Events

Friends of Heinz Refuge

Friends of Heinz Refuge

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Friends of Heinz Refuge (FOHR) is engaged in a wide diversity of projects, programs, and services which serve to raise awareness of and support for John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, as well as the National Wildlife Refuge System and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

FOHR Website

Youth Conservation Award

Youth Conservation Award - Connecting Youth with Nature

Youth Conservation Award patch.

The Heinz Refuge Youth Conservation Award was created to recognize efforts of all youth who seek to learn more about the importance of wildlife habitat and environmental stewardship during their refuge visit(s) and then use what they learn in their daily lives. Completion of the award requires seeing and experiencing the refuge first-hand, learning and applying knowledge obtained from refuge exhibits and brochures, and participating in refuge-based activities, service projects, etc. This is sponsored by Friends of Heinz Refuge.

Learn more on our For Educators page.

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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Around the Refuge

  • Urban conservation at America's first urban refuge

    Learn about our goals and work with partners to educate, engage and connect youth, families and communities in conservation action.

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  • Philly's Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership

    In 2014, Philly became one of 14 urban refuge partnerships in the country. The designation recognizes the the collaborations in the city that work to broaden support for conservation.

    Learn more
  • Cradle of Birding & Wildlife Conservation Festival


    John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is hosting its 11th annual Cradle of Birding Festival Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 7AM to 3PM! The Philadelphia Zoo, Academy of Natural Sciences, and Adventure Aquarium are only a few of the exhibitors that will be making an appearance with family-friendly activities that day! We'll also have free food, live music, and will be announcing the winner of the Nature Photography Contest that day! Eileen Boyle will be the keynote speaker this year discussing butterflies and how to attract these flying jewels to your garden. This is an event you definitely don't want to miss! See you on September 19th!

    2015 Cradle of Birding
  • Friends of Heinz Refuge Photo Contest

    Photo Contest Promo

    The Friends of Heinz Refuge at Tinicum Photo Group Contest is here! A complete set of guidelines can be found at the visitor center or online. All entries must be submitted no later than Sunday, August 23, 2015 and winners will be announced on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 1 p.m.

    Guidelines and Entry Form
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge - Ron Holmes.
Last Updated: Oct 13, 2015
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