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

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Around the Refuge

Refuge Closed for 2021 Mentored Archery Hunt

Attention: The Refuge will be closed on October 21 - 23, November 4 - 6, December 2 - 4, and December 9 - 11 for the Mentored Archery Deer Hunt. Subject to change based on COVID-19 developments and CDC guideline updates. Please email Garrett_White@fws.gov for any questions.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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From trail maintenance to environmental education to the front desk, there are many opportunities to contribute! Join a cohort of dedicated volunteers that help make the refuge run!

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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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