Skip Navigation

For Educators

Environmental Education

Environmental Education Promo

Calling all 4th graders and 4th grade teachers! Have you heard about the Every Kid in a Park program? A special pass is available to 4th grade students that covers entrance fees to all federal lands. Check out the Every Kid in a Park website for more information!

Every Kid in a Park!

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  

Follow NWRS Online


What's Happening

  • Snakes, Frogs and Turtles!

    Bullfrog (PROMO)

    Now that the heat of the summer is behind us our reptiles and amphibians can be seen again. Join us for our fall guided hike series!

  • Turtles 2016!

    Sea Turtle UpdateJuly 18, 2016

    The second turtle nest of the season was laid on the night of Monday, July 19 on the North Mile of Back Bay NWR! This loggerhead sea turtle did not lay her nest very high on the beach, so this nest was relocated to a spot at the toe of the dunes. The North Mile of the refuge is a protected habitat and closed at all times to provide an undisturbed area for birds and other wildlife. Please do not enter the North Mile to see this nest.

  • Partners for Fish and Wildlife Project

    Partners for Fish and Wildlife (Sandy Project)

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is assisting with a Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Project. This project will provide shoreline stabilization through living shorelines, reforestation of natural areas and restoration of wetland hydrology in several sites in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. Restoration at Back Bay NWR will include shoreline stabilization at the Visitor Contact Station and Horn Point kayak/canoe launch.

    More Information
  • eBird Trail Tracker

    Seasonal Closure (PROMO)

    We have added a new feature to our website! Check out the eBird Trail Tracker to see what sightings have been seen recently at the refuge!

    eBird Trail Tracker
Page Photo Credits — Sunset on Back Bay, Larry Wilcox, Tundra Swans/Roger Roberts
, Tundra swan/USFWS, American bittern/Alex Monday (2013), All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 22, 2016


  • National Public Lands Day!

    Get Involved (PROMO)September 24, 2016

    National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity to participate in a beach cleanup or a free fishing clinic!

    Events Information
  • Explorer Backpacks

    April 1, 2014 PromoApril 01, 2014

    Check out a pack and explore your national wildlife refuge! Packs must be returned the same day they are checked out.

    Learn More
Return to main navigation