Around the Refuge

Volunteer Opportunities at Heinz Refuge


Lend your talents, enthusiasm and some of your time! Find out how to volunteer!

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2017 Pennsylvania Junior Duck Stamp Contest

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This national art contest features waterfowl art from students from grades K-12 in every state. Come and see what the talented students of Pennsylvania have created! Learn about birds through walks, activities, crafts, and more. See the entries and learn about the program.

Junior Duck Stamp Program

Urban conservation at America's first urban refuge

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Learn about our goals and work with partners to educate, engage and connect youth, families and communities in conservation action.

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Philly's Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership

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In 2014, Philly became one of 14 urban refuge partnerships in the country. The designation recognizes the the collaborations in the city that work to broaden support for conservation.

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Featured Stories

Calendar of Events

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There are a variety of walks and nature programs suitable for the whole family year-round at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Visit our Walks & Nature programs page for a list of upcoming events.

Calendar of Events

Friends of Heinz Refuge

Friends of Heinz Refuge

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Friends of Heinz Refuge (FOHR) is engaged in a wide diversity of projects, programs, and services which serve to raise awareness of and support for John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, as well as the National Wildlife Refuge System and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

FOHR Website

Youth Conservation Award

Youth Conservation Award - Connecting Youth with Nature

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The Heinz Refuge Youth Conservation Award was created to recognize efforts of all youth who seek to learn more about the importance of wildlife habitat and environmental stewardship during their refuge visit(s) and then use what they learn in their daily lives. Completion of the award requires seeing and experiencing the refuge first-hand, learning and applying knowledge obtained from refuge exhibits and brochures, and participating in refuge-based activities, service projects, etc. This is sponsored by Friends of Heinz Refuge.

Learn more on our For Educators page.

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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