Around the Refuge

Upcoming Events

There are events year-round at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Check out our program calendar to find one near you!

RI Complex Program Calendar

Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island announce their Summer 2018 Wildlife Wednesday Lecture Series

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Wildlife Wednesdays presentations will take place every Wednesday (except July 4) from June 13 through August 29, at 7:00 PM, at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, Rhode Island. Free and open to all ages. See full schedule at link below.

Wildlife Wednesdays 2018

Visit Sandy Point Island

American Oystercatcher and young

Sandy Point Island is a great example of balancing wildlife protection and public recreation. Beach passes are required from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Passes are available at www.thecomo.org

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Visitor Activities

Kayakers on the refuge - USFWS.

There are activities for the whole family year-round at Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge including fishing, kayaking, hunting, wildlife viewing and photography. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more!

Visitor Activities
What's Happening

Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge Approved!

In October 2016, Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), and Wendi Weber, Northeast Regional Director of the Service, approved Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)—a new refuge dedicated to managing shrubland habitat for wildlife in the Northeast. The Service can now start working with partners and willing-seller property owners to identify opportunities to acquire priority lands in fee simple or conservation easement within the designated focus areas of Great Thicket NWR.

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About the Complex

Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS