Visitor Activities

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Welcome to Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge and its 18,463 acres of diverse habitat and assortment of widlife.




  • Hunting

    Waterfowl hunting

    Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize is as a traditional outdoor pastime deeply rooted in America’s heritage.  Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.

    As practiced on refuges, hunting does not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are necessary for sound wildlife management. Hunting programs can also promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on lands and waters in the Refuge System.

    At Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge hunting is allowed for waterfowl, deer, turkey, upland game birds, and other species as permitted in accordance with Federal and State regulations. Only non-toxic shot may be used or possessed while hunting. Spent ammunition casings, including shotgun shells, are considered litter and must be removed.

    To find out more about hunting opportunities, seasons and regulations on Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge, consult the hunting brochure or contact the Refuge Office at 620-392-5553.

  • Fishing

    Fishing Day

    In addition to the conservation of wildlife and habitat, Flint Hills NWR offers a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities. Flint Hill's fishing program promotes understanding and appreciation of natural resources and the management of land and water located at the Refuge. Every year, about 7 million anglers visit national wildlife refuges, where knowledgeable staff and thousands of volunteers help them have a wonderful fishing experience.

    Quality fishing opportunities are available at a variety of locations on Flint Hills NWR. For a great place to reconnect with a favorite childhood activity or to try it for the first time, make plans to fish at Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge.  

    To find more information about fishing opportunities at Flint Hills NWR, contact the Refuge Office at 620-392-5553.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Wildlife Observation

    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge! Wildlife observation is one of the most popular activities on the Refuge. With the diverse habitat the Refuge is a haven for an assortment of mammal, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.  Wildlife can be seen in a variety of ways: driving, auto tour loop, nature trails, or just walking around enjoying the beauty of the refuge. The refuge has three nature trails, with an observation tower at the Dove Roost Trail.

    For more information about wildlife observation opportunities at Flint Hills NWR, contact the Refuge Office at 620-392-5553.

  • Interpretation


    Refuge System interpretation programs provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world.  From self-guided walks to staff led programs, many national wildlife refuges help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitat behind the landscapes.

    In addition to staff and volunteers presenting programs to audiences, refuges use a variety of exhibits, signs, brochures, and electronic media to communicate natural history stories to visitors.  Printed and virtual information is often available on many topics, including plants and animals, seasonal migrations, habitats, refuge management strategies, and endangered species.

    For more information about interpretation opportunities at Flint Hills NWR, contact the Refuge Office at 620-392-5553

  • Environmental Education

    Environ Ed

    National Wildlife Refuges serve many purposes, and one of our most important roles is as outdoor classrooms to teach about wildlife and natural resources. Many refuges offer environmental education programs for a variety of audiences and Flint Hills NWR is no different. Flint Hills NWR  provides unique and exciting outdoor environments – excellent locations for hands-on learning activities. Youth and adult groups visit every year to learn about a specific topic on wildlife, habitat, or ecological processes.

    Is your school, youth, environmental or other group interested in learning more about the wildlife, plants, habitats and ecology of Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge? Contact or visit the Refuge to check on program availability and reservation policies.  Refuges are wild places, and we want to teach you more about them!

  • Photography


    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. That’s not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking capabilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate.  You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started. A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.

    Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife, and national wildlife refuges naturally are at the top of the list.  Flint Hills NWR provides enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in natural habitats by providing platforms, brochures, interpreters, viewing areas, and tour routes. Wildlife photography is a high-priority activity at Flint Hills NWR. We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive!