Around the Refuge

Visitor Activities

Photography at Salt Meadow

There are activities year-round at Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and hunting. Visit the Visitor Activities page to learn more.

Visitor Activities

The Islands

Beach at Calf Island

The 10 units of Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge include a variety of habitats from grassy upland to tidal salt marsh. Though many refuge units are small in acreage, their importance to wildlife, especially migratory birds, is enormous.

Learn more about the units that make up the refuge.

Falkner Island Story Map

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Falkner Island in Guilford is home to thousands of charismatic seabirds that nest and raise their young. It's not open to visitors most of the year to protect habitat. But now you can visit it virtually any time with our new story map!

Falkner Island Story Map

Urban Oases Project

Children running - USFWS.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the Urban Oases project in the New Haven Harbor Watershed as an Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. Learn more by visiting our Urban Oasis Project page below.

Urban Oases Project
Partial Trail Closure!

Marsh Trail Partially Closed

Due to an unsafe condition caused by erosion around a culvert, a portion of the marsh trail at the refuge's Great Meadows Unit in Stratford is closed. This trail is sometimes called the "railroad trail" since part of it runs along train tracks. Visitors may still walk approx 60% of the trail at this time.

Improvements for Kirtland Landing

Kirtland Landing Project

Learn more about the $170,000 project to improve river access to the refuge

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS