Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. Scheduled events may be cancelled. Please follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.

Around the Refuge

Third Annual Beach Sign Youth Art Contest

2020 contest art graphic

Parker River NWR is calling on all youth to spread the word about the importance of beaches to shorebirds by entering the refuge's 3rd Annual Beach Sign Youth Art Contest. Winning artwork from each age category will be used as refuge signs to educate beachgoers about minimizing shorebird disturbance and taking care of coastal habitat.

2020 Art Contest Guidelines

Refuge News & Publications

Want to read our latest press releases or download a refuge brochure, map, fact sheet or other publication? If so, click on the link below.

Publications Downloads Page
Free Public Programs

Free Public Programs

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All refuge programs and events have been postponed until further notice.

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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