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

2022 Internship Opportunities

2022 Internship Promo Photo

Applications are now being accepted for internships at Rachel Carson NWR. Interns are an essential part of our operations and contribute to the work of our skilled and motivated team. Deadline to apply: 11 February 2022

2022 Internship Opportunities

New Pedestrian Trail Opens at Refuge

Harbor Road Trail Construction

Residents of Wells, Maine are now enjoying the beauty of a recently finished pedestrian trail that passes through refuge. The construction of a mile-long trail was supported by funding from a federal grant.

Harbor Road Pedestrian Trail Completion

Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge Established in Maine

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquired the first parcel of land in southern Maine for the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) with the purchase of a 48-acre forested property in South Berwick and Berwick.

Great Thicket NWR in Maine Press Release
Celebrating 50 Years

Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation

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The latest post in the "Sense of Wonder in the Field” blog series is hot off the press! Enjoy this delightful read about feeling an unexpected sense of place in various regions that are often thought of as drastically different. Join former botany intern Shannon Matzke as she reflects on the wonder of nature's connections and how they can make a south Louisiana native feel right at home in southern Maine.(background artwork courtesy of Danielle Lehoux/Lehoux Art)

50th Anniversary Blog Posts

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