A Service employee leads a group on a hike; the attendees look through binoculars at wildlife

The refuge provides opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world with the use of exhibits, interpretive panels, and printed materials. For additional insight about the rich natural, historic, and cultural resources, we offer ranger and volunteer guided walks from April through September.  

Unless otherwise indicated, all programs leave from the Visitor Center. Feel free to bring binoculars or check them out from the Visitor Center. Guided walks last 1-2 hours, depending on the guide and topic, including plants, wildlife, seasonal migrations, habitats, refuge management strategies, and endangered species.

The Summer Lecture Series is offered every Wednesday evening in July and August. Topics are diverse and presenters are experts in their fields of natural resources. This program is held in the Visitor Center Auditorium and hosted by the Friends of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Guided walks and lectures are posted on the refuge website, on our Facebook page, and at the Visitor Center.