Upcoming Events

Whether you're interested in fee free days, special events, or seasonal changes, this portal can help you stay up to date on refuge happenings throughout the year. Unless specified, dates vary annually. Scroll down for the current calendar of upcoming events.

Fee Free Days

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January
  • Presidents' Day - February
  • Juneteenth - June 19
  • Anniversary of Great American Outdoors Act Great American Outdoors Act
    This landmark conservation law, enacted in 2020, authorizes the use of up to $1.9 billion a year in energy development revenues for five years for needed maintenance to facilities and infrastructure in our wildlife refuges, national parks, forests, recreation areas and American Indian schools.

    Learn more about Great American Outdoors Act
    - August 4
  • National Public Lands Day - September
  • First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week - October
  • Veterans Day - November 11

Special Activities and Events

  • World Migratory Bird Day - May
  • Sunrise Pony Walk - July
  • National Wildlife Refuge Day Celebration - October
  • Waterfowl Weekend - Thanksgiving weekend (Saturday - Sunday)
  • Annual Christmas Bird Count -  December

Seasonal Hours and Closures

  • Spring Hours - coincides with the start of daylight savings time
  • Closure of Toms Cove Hook- March 15
  • Summer Hours - May 1
  • Fall Hours - October 1
  • Winter Hours- coincides with the end of daylight savings time
  • Closure of Visitor Center for Thanksgiving Day
  • Closure of Visitor Center for Holidays - December 22, 23, 24 & 25
  • Closure of Visitor Center for New Years - December 31 & January 1