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Visiting the Refuge to explore on one's own is great, but why not develop a closer relationship to the wildlife and habitats of the Nisqually River estuary? On weekends during the warmer months (April through September), the Refuge offers Interpretive Programs - guided walks and educational talks that are sure to enhance understanding and appreciation of this amazing resource.

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of public programs from April through September. Programs include guided nature, bird, and history walks.

Summer Guided Walks

Unless otherwise indicated, all programs leave from the Visitor Center. Walking trails are beginner level, smooth with no elevation. Wear comfortable shoes. Feel free to bring binoculars or check them out from the Visitor Center. Programs are open to the public and free of charge, but the $3 Refuge entrance fee still applies. Programs will last anywhere from 1-2 hours, depending on the presenter and topic. Remember, pets are not allowed at the Refuge, and biking and running are prohibited. If you have any questions, call the Refuge at (360)753-9467.

View the Guided Walk Schedule

Summer Lecture Series

The 30th Annual Summer Lecture Series at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR will be held Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Norm Dicks Visitor Center auditorium in July and August. The auditorium seats 100 people and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. and all lectures are free. Thanks to Friends of Nisqually NWR Complex for their support of the summer lecture series.

View the Lecture Series Schedule