Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge provides a plethora of different public use activities. From hiking to nature photography, there is plenty to do, and just off Interstate-5 too!
If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to your nearest! At Ankeny wildlife viewing opportunities range from the stately great blue heron, to chittering western gray squirrels and kreck-ek-ing pacific chorus frogs.
For interpretive experiences at Ankeny NWR, check out Ankeny Hill Overlook, the Eagle Marsh Kiosk, Rail Trail Boardwalk, or the Pintail & Egret Marsh Boardwalk.
Ankeny Hill Nature Center (AHNC) www.ankenyhillnaturecenter.org
Did you know Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge partners with the Salem Audubon Society and the Friends of the WVNWRC to operate a Nature Center at Ankeny Hill? The Ankeny Hill Nature Center is 25 acres and includes two accessible trails, a Nature Explore Area, education nodes, Oak Overlook, Volunteer Basecamp and that's just the 1st Phase! The building, Gehlar Hall, is an indoor and outdoor classroom. In the summer of 2023 the Dave Marshall Outdoor Classroom will be built. The Ankeny Hill Nature Center is dedicated to being as inclusive and accessible as possible. Visit anytime from dawn to dusk! It's always free. www.ankenyhillnaturecenter.org
Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. That’s not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate. You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started. A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.
We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive! Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge considers wildlife photography to be a high-priority activity, and we even provide a photography blind on Frog Pond at the Refuge.
To learn more about our photography blind and the reservation process, follow the link below.