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See what everyone's been talking about! The shorebirds of Grays Harbor are truly worth a visit!

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Volunteer with the Education Program

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Beginning in the fall and lasting throughout the school year, the Grays Harbor NWR Shorebird Education Program will provide in-classroom outreach to local 3rd and 4th grade classrooms. During the spring shorebird migration, the Refuge will conduct a number of field trips to Grays Harbor NWR for classrooms in the program. We will need volunteers to assist with these classroom visits and with the field trips. No prior knowledge of the Refuge is needed, just a willingness to guide students through their own exploration of this incredible ecosystem! We are always interested in hearing from potential new volunteers! To find out more, please contact: Education Coordinator Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge Phone: 360-753-9467

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Help Plan the Future!

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex is continuing to develop Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCP) for Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and the Black River Unit of Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR with the help of the public, partners, and interested stakeholders. The CCPs will guide management of these refuges over the next 15 years.The draft CCP and Environmental Assessment is available for public review and comment from October 26 to November 25, 2016.

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

About the Complex

Nisqually Complex

Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Nisqually Complex.

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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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