Calling all 4th graders and 4th grade teachers! Have you heard about the Every Kid in a Park program? A special pass is available to 4th grade students that covers entrance fees to all federal lands. Check out the Every Kid in a Park website for more information!Every Kid in a Park!
About the NWRS
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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Check out upcoming summer programs. Fishing clinics, single-day and multi-session nature camps and family programs await you!
Registration for summer programs begins Monday, April 17th.Summer Event Details
- March 23, 2017
On Thursday, March 23rd a prescribed fire will take place at Back Bay NWR. Fire is a natural part of the marsh ecosystem. Controlled burns, undertaken by trained personnel, allow this natural process to take place in a safe and effective way.
As a result of the prescribed fire activity the Bay and Dune Trails will be closed for most of the day. The Seaside Trail, Kuralt Trail and refuge beach will remain open to the public. Please obey all posted signs and staff.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is assisting with a Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Project. This project will provide shoreline stabilization through living shorelines, reforestation of natural areas and restoration of wetland hydrology in several sites in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. Restoration at Back Bay NWR will include shoreline stabilization at the Visitor Contact Station and Horn Point kayak/canoe launch.More Information
We have added a new feature to our website! Check out the eBird Trail Tracker to see what sightings have been seen recently at the refuge!eBird Trail Tracker
American bitterns are year-round inhabitants of Virginia Beach and members of the heron family. These birds are typically very shy and secretive, hiding among reeds and grasses along the edges of lakes and bays. There are a few very friendly bitterns at Back Bay though, so keep your eyes peeled and camera ready next time you are in the area. Their camouflage is excellent so we must be attentive to detail to spot these beautiful birds.
Page Photo Credits Sunset on Back Bay, Larry Wilcox, Tundra Swans/Roger Roberts
, Tundra swan/USFWS, American bittern/Alex Monday (2013), All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2017
Summer Events!April 01, 2017 - September 04, 2017
The Refuge will offer summer camps, fishing clinics and guided programs for the whole family. Check back for details April 1st.Learn More
Explorer BackpacksApril 01, 2014
Check out a pack and explore your national wildlife refuge! Packs must be returned the same day they are checked out.Learn More