Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at

Around the Refuge

2019 Nature & Wildlife Photography Contest

photo contest screen capture 2019

The photo contest submission window opens on December 12 and closes on February 13. Enter your artwork for a chance to win a prize! Click on link below for complete contest guidelines.

2019 Photo Contest Guidelines and Poster

Free National Lands Pass for Fourth Graders and Their Family!

EKIP Lo Res Logo

Current fourth graders can sign up for a FREE pass to visit America's National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks, and National Forests. It's really easy to sign-up for a FREE "Every-Kid-In-A-Park" pass. Simply click on the link below to learn how.

Sign Up for a Every-Kid-In-A-Park Pass!

The Wrack Line - Our Quarterly Newsletter

Click the link below to read and/or download the most recent edition of The Wrack Line, our quarterly newsletter.

Spring & Summer Wrack Line 2018

Refuge News & Publications

Want to read our latest press releases or download a refuge brochure, map, fact sheet or other publication? If so, click on the link below.

Publications Downloads Page
Free Public Programs

Free Public Programs

Kids at a fishing event - Matt Poole/USFWS.

For the monthly list of free public programs at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, visit our events page.

Free Public Programs in January 2019

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