Bayou Sauvage national wildlife refuge by Ian Shive

Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day

Urban national wildlife refuges offer welcome green space plus a hint of their city’s distinctive flavor.

Sunday, September 29 is Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day — set aside by Congress to recognize urban national wildlife refuges for enriching the lives of Americans and their communities. The 101 urban refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System expand access to nature for the 80 percent of Americans who live in or near cities. Read our story.

(Photo: Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, by Ian Shive/Tandem Stills & Motion)

 

Find Your Refuge

Find national wildlife refuges near your home or travel destination by clicking the state, then clicking the refuge name to visit each refuge Web site and learn about all there is to see and do. Use the links above to find refuges by state, alphabet, zip code and more. Also be sure to check our Special Events calendar and other sections to find out about birding, hunting, fishing, trails, photography, coastal resources, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, and more fun on refuges.

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Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

With 80% of the U.S. population currently residing in urban communities, the challenge to ensure our natural resources are conserved and valued by the American people has become complex. To ensure that we nurture a new conservation constituency, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must promote strategies to engage these audiences in meaningful, collaborative ways that build sustainable, broad-based support for the their mission. Read More...

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Conserving the Future

Since 2010, the National Wildlife Refuge System has embarked on strategically and collaboratively addressing the mounting challenges faced by conserving America’s wild plants, fish, animals and their habitats in our rapidly changing world.

The efforts have culminated in an array of plans and products that strive for new ways to conserve America’s wildlife and wildlife places. Read More...

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