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
Friends of Heinz Refuge
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
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.
March 26, 2016
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.
About the NWRS
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
Around the Refuge
- April 22, 2016
Join John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum for Astronomy and Wildlife Night on Friday, April 22 from 7pm to 9:30pm! As part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, the refuge will provide an opportunity to view the night sky and presents Project FrogWatch in partnership with the Philadelphia Zoo. Free snacks will be provided by the Friends of Heinz Refuge, and there will be plenty of family friendly activities - all in a night you will never forget! Join us on the dark side of the refuge! Rain date is Saturday, April 23, 2016.
- April 23, 2016
Join us for the best time you ever had getting dirty! It's the annual Darby Creek Clean-Up and you are invited. Join volunteers and staff as we clean up the refuge on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9am to noon. Be a part of the great cleanup of the Darby Creek! Gloves and trash bags are provided and a free lunch will be provided by the Friends of Heinz Refuge.
Learn about our goals and work with partners to educate, engage and connect youth, families and communities in conservation action.Learn more
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.Learn more
The refuge protects a variety of habitats for birds in the highly urbanized landscape of greater Philadelphia. It has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. While most of the 300 plus avian species identified at the refuge utilize it as a migratory stopover, more than 80 species have been recorded nesting on the refuge over the years. Several species are also state listed as either threatened or endangered species or species of state or national management concern.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge - Ron Holmes.
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2016