National Wildlife Refuge System

Urban Initiative



Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative Engages Communities: Overview

Mule Deer The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has embarked on a multi-faceted Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative to reflect the diverse perspectives, values and cultures of America.
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New Partnerships Reach Out to Urban Audiences

Kids fishing at Masonville Cove in Maryland Eight urban wildlife refuge partnerships, announced in 2013, will aim to "meet people where they are" and explore different values and ways to connect with nature.
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Nature in the City: The Garden that Longstreth Build

Two little girls in the pollinator garden Longstreth Elementary School teacher Chuck Lafferty wanted to bring nature into the lives of students in his inner-city Philadelphia school. So he made John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia a staple of his grade school curriculum.
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The Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds

Bird Nest The Urban Bird Treaty enhances citizen awareness that urban areas can become effective sanctuaries for birds and other wildlife.
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Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership

Fry release at Lake Sammamish Who knew what the plight of a few "little red fish" would inspire? The Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership in Washington is working to restore native kokanee salmon populations.
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Urban Oasis Brings Desert, Nature and People Together

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center The Desert Refuge visitor center is part of the Refuge System's focus on serving urban audiences. More than 100 national wildlife refuges serve metropolitan areas. Eight refuges are within 25 miles of population centers of three million.
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Last updated: February 21, 2014