Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at

Around the Refuge

Visitor Activities

Birder - USFWS.

There are visitor activities year-round at Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing, canoeing and kayaking, environmental education and photography. Visit our Visitor Activities page to learn more.

Visitor Activities

Public Events

Owl Outing

There are events for the whole family year-round at Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge. Check out our calendar for a list of upcoming events

Upcoming Events

Get Involved

Building a kiosk

Volunteers are important to the work we do at Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteer opportunities include leading tours and providing educational activities for school groups, staffing the nature store, conducting wildlife surveys and removing invasive species. Learn more on our Get Involved page.

Get Involved

Know Before You Go

Welcome sign at the refuge - USFWS.

Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge is open year-round from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset, seven days a week. Parts of the refuge are designated as a wildlife sanctuary and are closed to the public. Check out our Plan Your Visit page to learn more.

Plan Your Visit
Featured Stories

Wildlife and Habitat

Sandpiper - USFWS.

There are a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the year at Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge. Learn more on our Wildlife & Habitat page.

Wildlife & Habitat

About the Complex

Moosehorn Complex

Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Moosehorn 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