Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public. For now, refuge visitor centers and other public facilities may be closed and most scheduled events have been postponed.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page.

Around the Refuge

Third Annual Beach Sign Youth Art Contest

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Parker River NWR is calling on all youth to spread the word about the importance of beaches to shorebirds by entering the refuge's 3rd Annual Beach Sign Youth Art Contest. Winning artwork from each age category will be used as refuge signs to educate beach goers about minimizing shorebird disturbance and taking care of coastal habitat. The entry deadline has been extended to April 17th.

2020 Art Contest Guidelines - Updated

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

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All refuge programs and events have been postponed until further notice.

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