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    September to December Program Schedule

    There are lots of opportunities to explore the refuge as fall moves into winter.

    September to December Program Schedule

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    Holiday Open House

    Join us on December 4th from noon to 4 pm as we celebrate the holiday season with a warm fire, festive music, kids crafts and good company!

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    Visitor Center and Trail Closure Dates

    Visitor Center Closed Nov 24, Dec 25 and 26, Jan 1 and 2. Closed at noon on Nov 23 and Dec 24. Trails closed Nov 19 and 20, 28 - Dec 2.

    Calendar of Events

  • Artist-in-Residence

    Professional artists are invited to share their discipline while surrounded by nature. Email for an application.

    Artist-in-Residence Flyer

Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Wetland Restoration

The Partners for Fish & Wildlife program works with private landowners to improve fish and wildlife habitat on their lands. We are leaders in voluntary, community-based stewardship for fish and wildlife conservation. The future of the nation’s fish and wildlife depends on private landowners – more than 90% of land in the Midwest is in private ownership. Providing more high quality habitat not only helps wildlife - by contributing to a healthy landscape, you create a conservation legacy to pass on to future generations. Partnerships are the key! To accomplish this work, we team up with private conservation organizations, state and federal agencies and tribes. Together, with the landowner, this collective shares funding, materials, equipment, labor and expertise to meet both the landowner’s restoration goals and our conservation mission.

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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.

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Last Updated: Nov 15, 2016
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