Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Around the Refuge

Volunteer Opportunities at Heinz Refuge

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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

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

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.

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