Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
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  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
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  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

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Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

The judging of the Maryland entries in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest will be held on February 20 at the Blackwater Visitor Center.

Find out more.

Refuge News

Current Conditions

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The Visitor Center is open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am to 2pm. Wildlife Drive and trails remain open daily dawn through dusk.

Always check the Refuge Alert page.

News and Events

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All the latest announcements from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

News Page

Agents of Discovery

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Is your mission to teach your kids about nature? Download the "Agents of Discovery" app and play 2 missions at the refuge!

Accept the mission!

Harriet Tubman

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Blackwater NWR is celebrating the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman, whose heroic actions helped many slaves escape to freedom!

More about Harriet Tubman.
What's Happening

Exciting Historical Discovery

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Archaeologists have discovered the location of the homesite of Ben Ross, Harriet Tubman's father, on Blackwater NWR. Photo courtesy of Maryland DOT.

Read the article here.

About the Complex

Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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