Features

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    Nature Trek: A Glacial Perspective

    Did you know glaciers helped form the Illinois River Valley? Learn about how the last Ice Age shaped the present-day landscape.

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    New Nature Trails

    Chautauqua has added 3 new trails this summer with the help of YCC and volunteers.

    Chautauqua Nature Trails

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    Sanctuary Period

    From Oct 15 - Feb 1, Chautauqua NWR levees, maintenance roads, and crossdike are closed for sanctuary. The nature trails remain open.

    Rules and Regulations

Get involved on the refuge

Hiking Trails

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Wildlife, scenic views and exercise! Hiking trails are the best way to experience nature at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge.

Chautauqua Trail Map

Volunteer

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From making trails to woodworking, there are plenty of ways to volunteer at your local refuge. We would not be here without you.

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In the community

Environmental Education

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We provide regionally specific environmental education programs for school classes, continuing learners, and groups of all ages and sizes. Email us to make a reservation for your next trip.

About the Complex

Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Complex

Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS