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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

Around the Refuge

Film Screening, Thursday, January 21 at 7 pm

Rachel Carson Promo 2

A virtual screening of the "A Sense of Wonder" film has been scheduled for Thursday, January 21, at 7 pm as part of our 50th Anniversary Celebration. To register, send an email to: and write the words "Sense of Wonder" on the subject line. Further details will be provided after you register.

Year Long Celebration Continues

Hickel Dedicates Plaque June 1970

The refuge's year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary is in full swing. Read about our plans for dozens of opportunities to explore its wealth of wildlife, habitat and natural resources, as well as Rachel Carson’s legacy.

Press Release

Sense of Wonder Art Contest

Monarch Butterfly

Express your love and appreciation of the refuge through photography, poetry, and other art media during this year-long celebration of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge's 50th anniversary.

Sense of Wonder Art Contest
Celebrating 50 Years

Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation

Refuge 50th Anniversary Logo 200 px

Please enjoy the most recent "Sense of Wonder in the Field" blog post by Kate O'Brien, Wildlife Biologist. Read about the experiences, events, and inspirations that fuel her work and spark her sense of wonder in the field. (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