Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

  • Children with binoculars rotator

    Activities for Kids

    These environmental activities for young people are perfect for "at home" schooling. This month we focus on migratory birds!

    Kids' Activity Page

  • Junior Duck Stamp 2019-20

    Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

    The judging of the Maryland entries in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest was held on February 15. Full results are now available!

    Contest results

Refuge News

Current Conditions

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Visitor Center operations are currently suspended due to COVID-19. Trails remain open and Wildlife Drive is free of charge. No restroom facilities are available.

Read the news release.

News and Events

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All the latest announcements from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

News Page

Wildlife Cams

Osprey

Check out the wildlife cams at Blackwater NWR! Visitors can view an osprey nest and the new waterfowl cam either online or in the refuge visitor center.

Learn more.

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

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!

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