Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative

Connect with Nature

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 is committed to working outside of traditional boundaries.

All 26,000 acers 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 largest urban national wildlife refuge.

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.