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Information iconUmbagog National Wildlife Refuge in New Hampshire (Photo: Ian Shive/USFWS)

Earth care is self care, and that is more important than ever these days. The first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, represented a years-long groundswell — citizens organizing to cultivate a cleaner and healthier planet. For wildlife and people, the day embodies that spirit. This year, as the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the National Wildlife Refuge System offers ways to take care of mother Earth and to help ourselves and the planet thrive.


“… for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.”
~ our mission

Every day is Earth Day at national wildlife refuges. Communities regularly come together to celebrate, restore and conserve nature. Visitors, Friends and volunteers instill passion and love for Earth in what they do. We honor their commitments and cherish their support.

Information iconBilly Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo: Ian Shive/USFWS)