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Information iconA bison grazes at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver. (Photo: Ian Shive/USFWS)

In late September and early October,  the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service celebrates urban wildlife conservation with local communities in more than 100 cities across the country.  Find an urban refuge or partnership near you to see what is happening locally. 

For the 80 percent of Americans who live in or near cities, urban national wildlife refuges provide vital access to nature and outdoor recreation, boosting residents’ physical and psychological well-being. Urban wildlife refuges also promote local economies.  

Among the 101 urban refuges offering Americans nearby wildlife viewing and outdoor recreation, including hiking, hunting and fishing, are refuges near Albuquerque, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis and San Diego and a refuge within the city limits of Philadelphia. Another 30 urban wildlife refuge partnerships provide nature-based recreation to people who live within 25 miles of an area with a population of more than 250,000. Urban refuge partnerships are active in cities including Baltimore, Chicago, and Houston.

National wildlife refuges are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

People thrive on nature, wherever they live. Learn more about the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program.

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Information iconDetroit River International Wildlife Refuge, just south of Detroit. (Photo: Ian Shive/USFWS)