hike san diego National wildlife refuges

Enjoy Your Visit!

No matter what leads you to visit a national wildlife refuge — curiosity, a bird festival or just a wish to unwind — you are in for a treat.

To help you have a great experience, we've updated our "Plan Your Visit" pages, highlighting lots of ideas under “Things to Do” and “Things to See.” Want to fish, paddle, take a walk in nature? Let us point the way. Eager to see a seasonal spectacle, like horseshoe crabs coming ashore by the thousands in spring? Or iconic animals such as bison and elk? We’ll tell you where.

We also share travel tips, and tell you all you need to know about passes and permits.

See you at the refuge! See our story.

(Photo: Ranger-led walk, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, by Rinus Baak)


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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