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Environmental Education Promo

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

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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What's Happening

  • Hunt Closure

    VCSOctober 24, 2016

    The annual deer hunt will take place at Back Bay NWR and False Cape State Park October 24-25, 2016. The refuge and park will be closed to the general public during the hunt. Hunters will be on the refuge to scout out their zones from October 17-25.All hunters must wear blaze orange while scouting sites at the refuge.

    Refuge Hunt Information
  • Seasonal Dike Closure

    Tundra Swan - PROMONovember 01, 2016

    The annual closure of the East and West Dike Trails will begin November 1, 2016. This closure provides undisturbed resting and feeding for migrating waterfowl and other birds. The Bay Trail, Kuralt Trail, Seaside Trail, Dune Trail and the dike trail down to the Wildlife Viewing Window remain open. Access to False Cape State Park is provided on the beach. Tram tours will also run twice a month, check the schedule below.

    Upcoming Events
  • Partners for Fish and Wildlife Project

    Partners for Fish and Wildlife (Sandy Project)

    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
  • eBird Trail Tracker

    Seasonal Closure (PROMO)

    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
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: Oct 19, 2016


  • Night Surf Fishing

    Night Fishing Permit Sales (PHOTO)October 01, 2016 - October 31, 2016

    October is surf fishing month at Back Bay! Permits are available for night surf fishing until midnight. Check the permit page for details.

    Night Surf Fishing!
  • Winter Waterfowl Walks

    Seasonal Closure HOMEPAGEDecember 03, 2016 - February 25, 2017

    What's the best part of winter? The waterfowl of course! Join us for a one-mile hike guided by expert birders. Binoculars are available.

    View the schedule
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