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Summer 2017Summer Programs (PROMO)

There is always something to see at the refuge. Spend some time exploring with us during one of our summer programs!

Registration for summer programs begins Monday, April 17th.


Registration is required for some summer programs. Registration will begin Monday, April 17th.


Nature Explorers: A five-week program for children ages 10-14. We will discover how to fish, identify animals and protect wildlife. At the end of the five weeks participants will receive a Junior Refuge Manager patch, a nature journal and poster. Throughout the five weeks participants will also complete arts and crafts projects, such as sea turtle ornaments and pinecone birdfeeders. This program takes place on Wednesdays from 9:00am-12:00pm. Session 1 runs June 21 - July 26 (excluding July 19); Session 2 runs August 2 - August 30. Call (757)301-7329 ext.3106 to register.

Wildlife Adventures: A twist on our classic day camp. During Wildlife Adventures children ages 6-10 will hike along the beach and Back Bay, learning to observe their environment using binoculars and field guides. We will discover what sea turtles eat, what hidden animals live at the refuge and how we can protect these animals. This program runs every Friday, July 7 - September 1, beginning at 9:00am and ending at 1:00pm. Spots are limited, call (757)301-7329 ext.3106 to register.

Fishing Clinics: The Great Bridge Fisherman's Association will host free saltwater fishing clinics for children under the age of 16. An adult must accompany participating children. Clinics run 9:00am to 12:00pm on June 29, July 13, July 27 and August 3. Call (757)301-7329 ext.3106 to register.

Evening Tram Tours: Special free evening tours on Fridays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. This trip will cover the grounds of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and focus on wildlife and history. Tours will run on Fridays from June 9 - September 1. Seats are limited so call ahead to register for this event at (757)301-7329 ext.3106.

Struggles in the Sand: The life of a sea turtle begins with a struggle in the sand. Explore with us the difficulties faced by these spectacular creatures as they begin life's journey. This free one-hour program requires no registration. Join us at 2:00pm on June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10 or August 24.

Refuge-Days: A new event for Back Bay NWR! Every Saturday from June 17 to September 2 at 10:00am the refuge will host a special event. Experiences will vary, from guided hikes to photography workshops to crafts. Check back for more details!

Art Workshops: A new program at the refuge! On select Thursdays (dates to come soon!) a local artist will host a workshop at Back Bay NWR to help young nature lovers explore wildlife through painting. Two or three dates will be available throughout the summer.

Blue Goose Express: The Back Bay Restoration Foundation, a local non-profit, runs tram tours on the Blue Goose Express tram regularly from April - October. From April 1 - Memorial Day and Labor Day - October 31 the tram runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; from Memorial Day - Labor Day the tram runs every day of the week. There is one trip a day, beginning at 9:00am and returning at 1:00pm. No reservations are taken for the tram, we recommend that riders arrive by 8:45am. The cost is $8/adults, $6/seniors and children.`

There is no cost for the summer programs (except the Blue Goose Express) but a $5.00 entrance fee does apply (or a $15.00 year-long pass).

Last Updated: May 15, 2017
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