Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. Scheduled events may be cancelled. Please follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.

What's Happening

Summer Employment


Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and our partner, the City of Chesapeake, are looking for candidates for this summer's Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). Positions for four crew members, an Assistant Leader and a Leader are open. The YCC completes many projects at the refuge during the summer months, many in the maintenance field. The work schedule is Monday - Thursday for crew members and Monday - Friday for leaders, 7:30am-4:00pm for an eight week period. Applicants must be local, as no housing is available. Applicants interested in this #summerjob should contact Mary Russo Riley, Community Programs Administrator for the City of Chesapeake Department of Human Services, at

West Dike Opening Soon!

April 1, 2020 Managed Wetlands (PROMO)

On Monday, April 1 the West Dike Road opens for hiking and biking through the interior of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This trail can be used to access False Cape State Park.

Blue Goose Tram Tours

April 5, 2019 Tram THUMBNAIL

The Blue Goose Tram begins its spring schedule in April. Check out the Blue Goose Wildlife Tram page for schedules and fee information.

Blue Goose Tram Details

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
For Educators

Every Kid Outdoors

EKO Logo Color Web Feature

Calling all 4th grade teachers! Your students are eligible for a free pass to all federal lands and waters. Teachers can complete an activity with their class, print vouchers for their students and turn them in during a field trip in exchange for student passes. Check out the Every Kid Outdoors website for more details or contact us at (757)301-7329 ext.3106.

Every Kid Outdoors Website

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