Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Refuge Management Update

    Refuge staff write a "Refuge Report" for the Friends Group every month. We post them here, too!

    Refuge Report 2020 November Friends Board Meeting

  • Take A Hike!

    Take A Hike!

    Explore Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge with a walk on one of its many trails and boardwalks.

    Ankeny Trails

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    A Haven for Geese

    Did you know that Ankeny NWR was originally established to provide winter habitat for dusky Canada geese?

    Learn how we manage land for geese.

  • Oregon Chub at Finley NWR

    The Oregon Chub Recovers!

    Did you know the Oregon chub was the fish species ever to be delisted from the Endangered Species List? Cool, huh?!

    Learn More

Ankeny Updates

2021 Ankeny Refuge Bilingual Preschool Program

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Join us from January - May for monthly bilingual preschool programs *modified for Covid* at Ankeny Refuge! Free! Sign your family or quarantine bubble up for a private time slot. See flyer for more details. Programa preescolar. ¡Gratis! Las activides de ciencias son para toda la familia para que disfruten juntos con sus niños.

2021 ANK Refuge Bilingual Preschool Program schedule

Ankeny Hill Overlook CLOSED

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Ankeny Hill Nature Center construction is still in progress! 2020 work includes the new driveway, access, sidewalks, signage, volunteer space and interpretive elements. The first phase of the new nature center, an indoor and outdoor classroom, is planned to open in January. Sorry for any inconvenience during this closure and construction time. Thank you for your patience as we endeavor to bring you an amazing environmental education experience! This project is a long time in the making for the Salem Audubon Society, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex. For more information on the project visit or click on Nature Center News. A restroom is available at Pintail Marsh, off Wintel Rd.

Winter Sanctuary Season

Canada Geese in Flight

The Winter Sanctuary Season starts at Ankeny Refuge on October 1st and runs through March 31st. Please stick to the year-round trails during this time to allow the wintering waterfowl to rest and recover. Thank you!

Nature Center News

A Nature Center at Ankeny?

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Did you know that the USFWS is currently working with the Salem Audubon Society and Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex on a Nature Center at Ankeny Refuge? It's called the Ankeny Hill Nature Center and is set to open in late 2020!

Nature Center News

About the Complex

Willamette Valley NWR Complex

Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Willamette Valley NWR Complex.

Read 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