• Upcoming Events

    • World Migratory Bird Day

      Event - Birdwatching

      May 11, 2019Don’t miss out on the fun! Spread your wings and soar over to the refuge for the 25th Annual World Migratory Bird Day Celebration.

      *Date tentative, subject to change based upon staffing or inclement weather.

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    • Sunrise Pony Walk

      Chincoteague pony - Emma Kerr/USFWS.
      July 23, 2018 - Come join hundreds of other onlookers, to witness the spectacle of Saltwater Cowboys walking a large group of Chincoteague Ponies along the shore. They will journey from the northern area of the refuge, down the beach, to a corral located along Beach Road, in preparation for the Annual Pony Swim. Learn More
    • Fee Free Day - National Public Lands Day

      Public Lands Day
      September 28, 2019 - Entrance to the refuge is free in celebration of National Public Lands Day. Learn More
    • Annual Pony Swim & Auction

      Event - Pony
      July 25-27, 2018 - Join the Town of Chincoteague in celebrating the Annual Pony Swim & auction, a local cultural tradition! Learn More
    • National Wildlife Refuge Day Celebration

      Event - Lighthouse
      October 6, 2018 - Join us at the Refuge Visitor Center as we celebrate National Wildlife Refuges with a day full of family friendly activities. Learn More
    • Waterfowl Weekend

      Snow Geese
      November 28 - December 1, 2019 - Fall heralds the return of thousands of waterfowl from their northern breeding grounds to the milder climate of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy a variety of overwintering ducks, geese and swans by joining the flocks of visitors who celebrate Thanksgiving Weekend in this special place. Learn More
    • Fee Free Day - First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week

      Blue Goose
      October 13, 2019Entrance to the refuge is free to kick off National Wildlife Refuge Week. Learn More
    • Fee Free Day - Veterans Day

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      November 11, 2019 - To honor our veterans, entrance to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and other National Public Lands is free. Learn More
    • Fee Free Day - World Migratory Bird Celebration

      Fee Free

      May 11, 2019 - In honor of our World Migratory Bird Day Celebration the refuge entrance fee is waived. 

      *Date tentative, subject to change based upon staffing or inclement weather.

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    • Perseid Meteor Shower

      Meteor Shower

      August 9, 2019 - Discover the night sky from Assateague Island! In celebration of the Perseid Meteor Shower, the refuge will remain open all night. Start your evening with the NASA Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series.

       *Date subject to change based upon staffing or inclement weather.

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    • Holiday Visitor Center Closure

      Bateman Small
      December 24th & 25thHappy Holidays! The Herbert H. Bateman Educational & Administrative Center will be closed. You can still enjoy the refuge from 6:00am to 6:00pm. Learn More
    • Astronomy & Night Sky Summer Series

      Meteor Shower
      July 12, 2019 - NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation and Assateague Island National Seashore invite you to discover the night sky from Assateague Island. Learn More
    • Fall Hours

      Hours
      October 1st - Refuge hours change to 6:00am - 8:00pm. Learn More
    • Summer Hours

      Hours
      May 1st - Refuge hours change to 5:00am - 10:00pm. Learn More
    • Winter Hours

      Hours
      November 1, 2018 - Refuge hours change to  6:00am - 6:00pm Learn More
    • Visitor Center Closed for New Years

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      December 31st & January 1st - Happy New Year! The Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center will be closed, but the refuge remains open to the public from 6:00am to 6:00pm. Learn More