Features

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    Kid's Day: Pollinator Party

    Saturday, May 4, 1-4 p.m. Celebrate the importance of pollinators at Dickson Mounds Museum.

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    New Nature Trails

    Chautauqua has added 3 new trails this summer with the help of YCC and volunteers.

    Chautauqua Nature Trails

Get active on the refuge

Canoe for Health Series

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Every second Thursday at 5:00 p.m. May-October. Improve your health and knowledge of your local nature areas while paddling a voyager canoe! Space is limited, register now!

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Nature Walk for Health Series

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Every fourth Thursday at 5:00 p.m. April-October. Improve your health and nature knowledge while hiking some of the most beautiful trails in the local area

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Volunteer

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From making trails to woodworking, there are plenty of ways to volunteer at your local refuge. We would not be here without you.

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In the community

Environmental Education

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We provide regionally specific environmental education programs for school classes, continuing learners, and groups of all ages and sizes. Email us to make a reservation for your next trip.

About the Complex

Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Complex

Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Complex.

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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.

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