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 https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

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Festival of the Cranes

STILL HAPPENING: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday & Sunday January 12th and 13th, 2019.

Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler

A Home for Wildlife

America The Beautiful Pass

The America the Beautiful Pass (Senior, Access, Annual) is available at the Refuge Visitor Center. The Access pass is free, but requires that the applicants shows their proof of disability. Options include: paperwork showing person is receiving Social Security or Veterans benefits, a signed statement (on doctor's letterhead) saying this person is permanent disabled, etc... Rangers only issue the America the Beautiful Pass on weekdays.

America the Beautiful Pass
Where Wildlife Comes First

Intern Program

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The refuge intern program is designed to provide valuable work experience for college students or recent graduates and to provide work assistance for the refuge. We strive to always provide a variety of quality experiences for interns while accomplishing needed refuge work.

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About the Complex

Wheeler Complex

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Wheeler Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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