Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative


Bayou Sauvage is an urban refuge in a unique place. All 26,000 acres of Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge are within the city limits of New Orleans — only 15 minutes from the French Quarter and downtown— making it the nation's second largest urban national wildlife refuge. 

Refuge manager on boardwalk trail

Watch this 5-minute video to get a feel for this special refuge.

The Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative

With 80 percent of Americans living in cities, how do we connect urban America with our wild places? How do we teach a new generation to love the land – when pavement is what they usually see?

How do we help children find inspiration in nature all around them – when they spend so much time indoors and plugged in?

The goal of the Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative is to engage urban communities as partners in wildlife conservation.  In order to reach new audiences in new ways the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works outside of traditional boundaries. We work with many partners to engage local youth in service learning and outdoor science education. Our partners Limitless Vistas and Louisiana Gulfcorps make a difference for the Refuge and for young people exploring careers in natural resources. Watch a 2 minute video on the GulfCorps program here.

Young man on boardwalk trail

Find out how Bayou Sauvage NWR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with partners in meaningful and collaborative ways: Urban Wildlife Conservation Program.