Around the Refuge

Refuge to Host Conservation Film Festival in April!

2019 film festival graphic

The 5th Annual Conservation Film Festival is coming to Parker River NWR the weekend of April 12-14. Beginning on that Friday evening, a spectacular array of world class, awarding winning films will be screened in the refuge's visitor center auditorium...all weekend-long. And everything is FREE! To see the entire film festival schedule, click on the link below.

Conservation Film Festival Schedule

2nd Annual Beach Sign Youth Art Contest

beach contest capture 2019

Parker River NWR is calling on all youth to spread the word about the importance of beaches to shorebirds by entering the refuge's 2nd Annual Beach Sign Youth Art Contest. Winning artwork from each age category will be used as refuge signs to educate beachgoers about minimizing shorebird disturbance and taking care of coastal habitat.

2019 art contest guidelines

Marsh Loop Closes Feb. 5

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The entire Hellcat Boardwalk Marsh Loop will close to all public access in order to allow for replacement of a 300 foot section of boardwalk. Hellcat's Dune Loop and parking lot 4 will remain open through the construction period. Click the link below for more info.

Press Release about Marsh Loop Closure

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 March

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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