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 alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors 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.

Around the Refuge

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

CCP Cover.

The final comprehensive conservation plan, or CCP, is complete for Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge. Visit our Conservation page to download the CCP, read some frequently asked questions about the plan, and view our latest newsletter.


Ekip Passes

Ekip Logo

Every Kid in the Park Passes can be purchased only at Great Meadows NWR or Assabet River NWR in Sudbury, MA

New England Cottontail

New England cottontail - USFWS.

Why would a rabbit, the epitome of prolific breeding, be considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act? Today, this rabbit's range has shrunk by about 86 percent. Its numbers are so greatly diminished that it can no longer be found in Vermont and has been reduced to only five smaller populations throughout its historic range.

New England Cottontail
Reporting Injured Seals

Reporting Injured Seals

Seal - Amanda Boyd/USFWS.

If you believe you've seen an injured seal, please keep a safe distance and report it. Visit our Law Enforcement page for contact information and tips for callers.

Law Enforcement

About the Complex

Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Eastern Massachusetts 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