• Take A Hike!

    Take A Hike!

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

    Ankeny Trails

  • Rotator Goose

    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

Cooperative Farming Opportunity - Accepting Applications!

ANK Farming photo

Agricultural fields provide an important winter food source for thousands of waterfowl, mostly cackling and Canada geese, from October through April. Ankeny Refuge is seeking to continue its long association with farmers to plant, harvest and manage fields for migratory birds, especially Dusky Canada geese. To learn more and/or to apply, click the link (all documents are combined).

2019 ANK Coop. Farm Agreement App. ALL Docs

Help Restore Ankeny Refuge!

Ankeny Hill Planting

In February (2/9 and 2/23) there will be two volunteer planting events at the Refuge. We'll be restoring a riparian area by Rail Trail and adding wildflowers to the new Ankeny Hill Nature Center Prairie. Click below for more details and to RSVP. These planting parties are fun! We provide tools, gloves, snacks and even a gift!

Ankeny Refuge Volunteer Opps - Feb. 2019

Ankeny Hill Overlook CLOSED

AHNC Exp. Zone Picture

Ankeny Hill Nature Center construction is coming along well! 2019 work includes the new driveway, access, sidewalks, signage, volunteer space, interpretive elements and building finishes. The first phase of the new nature center, an indoor and outdoor classroom, is planned to open in the Fall of 2019. 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 http://salemaudubon.org/ 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 begins at Ankeny Refuge on October 1st and will run 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?

Great Horned Owl

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 the potential for a Nature Center at Ankeny Refuge? The project is still in the early planning stages, so stay tuned for details!

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