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    Internship Opportunity

    The refuge & the James River Ecology School are recruiting for an 8-month environmental education intern position.

    Learn more about the internship.

Visiting the Refuge

Visiting the Refuge

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Presquile National Wildlife Refuge may be visited, but only with advance reservations or during refuge sponsored events. To learn more, check out our Plan Your Visit page.

Plan Your Visit

About the Complex

Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The complex is comprised of four refuges: Rappahannock River Valley, Presquile, James River and Plum Tree Island

Presquile is managed as part of the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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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

  • Ecology School Ignites Love of the James

    Critter Crawl

    Through the James River Ecology School, youth are given the opportunity to get their hands (and feet) wet and learn what it means to be steward's of this great river. Check out the video below for more information. Video produced by Science Matters, an educational initiative of the Community Idea Stations.

    James River Ecology School Video
  • James River Sturgeon

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    Presquile NWR is proud to be involved in the exciting James River sturgeon research that is being conducted through the Virginia Commonwealth University. Documentary by Melissa Lesh

    Click here for the James River Sturgeon Documentary
  • Pontoon Boat Tours

    Great Blue Heron

    Join us for this unique opportunity to travel the waters of the James River and witness the amazing wildlife and scenic views that this area offers. Tours will be offered May 21, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; May 22, 2014 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM; and September 15, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Pre-registration is required. Please click the link below for more information.

    James River Pontoon Boat Tours
  • Fall Field Day September 20, 2014

    Dock Trail BroadwalkSeptember 20, 2014

    Register in advance to reserve your spot for a fun day on the island of Presquile National Wildlife Refuge. Contact the refuge to select a time slot for your journey. Reservations for boat transportation must be made prior to September 18th and are to be made within 30 minutes time slots between 9am and 3:00pm (space is limited, and slots are subject to fill quickly). To reserve your seat, e-mail <> or leave a phone message (804-829-9020) with the following information: Provide several options for preferred reservation (e.g., 9:30AM or 11:00AM). Provide the total number of people that will be in your party (e.g., 4- myself and three guests). Provide the best way to reach you for confirmation of reservation (provide e-mail or phone #). If e-mailing, please list "Field Day" in the subject line.

    Fall 2014 Field Day News Release
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2015
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