Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • Apply Now for Youth Conservation Corps

    The PWLC is now hiring 4 youth to work outdoors for 8 weeks this summer!

    More Details

  • Grazing Bids Now Open on District Lands

    Bids due by April 16 for grazing on Backstrom Waterfowl Production Area.

    Grazing Bid Package for Backstrom WPA

  • Spring 2021 Field Trips

    Distance learning and self-guided on-site options for teachers

    Options for Spring 2021

  • Children observing spring trees and recording discoveries in their nature journals

    Outdoor Classroom Webinar Series

    Register now for a national course, Compass to Nature: Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom

    Compass to Nature Webinar Series 2021

  • Mexico Monarchs AnnMarie Krmpotich/USFWS

    Monarchs On the Move

    The monarchs have left their wintering grounds in Mexico. Future generations of monarchs will make their way back to us this spring.

    Track their progress.

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.

Learn more about the NWRS