Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • 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.


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    Visit the Refuge Virtually!

    Explore, play, and move as you discover the refuge with the FREE mobile app. Become an Explorer today!

    Click here to Explore!

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    Endangered Species Badge

    Girl Scouts, earn your Endangered Species Badge virtually! Discover your local endangered and threatened species.

    Girl Scouts: Earn Your Endangered Species Patch Virtually

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    eBird Trail Tracker

    Discover what birds were recently seen at the refuge by using the eBird Trail Tracker

    eBird Trail Tracker

  • South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

    South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

    Get more information on the largest wetland restoration project on the west coast.

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What's Happening

Hunt Opening Documents

May 3, 2021

The Hunt Opening Package for the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR is now available for public review until July 6, 2021.

Hunt Opening Package

Refuge Closures and Cancelled Events

Note the refuge closures and cancelled events as of March 12, 2020

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Distance Learning for 2021

Distance Learning Unit now available for teachers, parents, and community members! Activities incorporate a variety of learning tools and techniques to engage students and children in grades K-6. Choose one or choose them all!

Distance Learning: Fall/Winter 2020/2021

Teen Art Show 2021

Painting by Eunjin Choi entitled, "Trapped." The image is of a large butterfly, with brilliant yellow and black wings, landing on purple flowers. There are several purple flowers in the image, as well as a large, yellow sunflower. In the background are stormy skies and what looks like a forest fire painted with ominous, deep reds and black.

Celebrate Earth Day by submitting your art for our annual Teen Environmental Art Show!

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Visit Us on Facebook!


We are offering live, virtual programs! Learn about the history, habitats and plants and animals of the Refuge from the comfort of your home! Look for updates about upcoming virtual programs on our Facebook page.

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About the Complex

San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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