Features

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    Junior Ranger Program

    Our Junior Ranger Program is guaranteed to enhance every family's visit to the refuge. Earn a badge and certificate! This program is FREE!

    Just for kids at the refuge ...

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    Birds of a Feather Bird Walk

    Many species of bird, from hummingbirds to bald eagles, nest and live on the refuge. Join a ranger naturalist for this weekly guided walk!

    Take flight on a bird walk!

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    Wild Ohio!

    Our visitor center includes two live turtles and a 1,200 gallon tank. Learn about the Ohio River and join us for feeding time!

    Let the feast begin!

Refuge News

Summer Program Schedule Announced!

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The Summer schedule of guided walks and other activities has been announced! Come on a bird walk, learn about the Ohio River, or explore the surrounding forests! Kids can participate in Crafts for Cubs, join Safari Phil on a Summer Safari, or become a Junior Scientist! Stay tuned for occasional additions, including evening guest speakers and a free summer camp for kids in July!

See the schedule of events!

What To Do About Injured or Orphaned Wildlife

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Have you found an injured animal or bird? Are you desperate for help and wondering what to do? Determining whether or not to assist an injured or orphaned animal (or even determining for sure that a bird or animal needs help) can be a challenge on many levels. There are philosophical, environmental, and health considerations. It is one of those situations where our best instincts may be misleading.

What steps should I take?

Middle Island Bridge to Close for Repairs

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Middle Island, located near St. Marys, West Virginia, is one of 22 islands making up Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. It is one of the largest islands on the Refuge, and is covered with beautiful meadows and bottomland forest. Several miles of maintained trails allow visitors to explore the island, and as one of only two Refuge islands that can be accessed by road, it is a popular and very special destination for visitors. Beginning this Winter, the bridge to the island will be closed for significant renovation.

Bridge to Middle Island Will Temporarily Close
General Information

Visitor Center Hours

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The Refuge Visitor Center is located at 3982 Waverly Rd in Williamstown, WV and is open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (closed federal holidays).

Plan Your Visit to the Refuge

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