National Wildlife Refuge System

Celebrating Refuges, We Celebrate America

National Wildlife Refuge Week is a perfect time to get outdoors and celebrate all that refuges have to offer. 

Check our Special Events calendar to find an activity that piques your interest.

Follow our Open Spaces blog to learn about the role of national wildlife refuges in recovering endangered species, restoring the land, providing recreation and so much more.

Visit our Facebook page to meet some of the rare and wonderful creatures that depend on refuges. Each day we’ll feature a different animal and its home refuge – including one of the Earth’s fastest creatures, the Sonoran pronghorn of Arizona’s Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.  



Home page photo:
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, NV, provides habitat for at least 24 plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Four fish and one plant are currently listed as endangered.
Credit: Cyndi Souza/USFWS

Pronghorn bucks inhabit Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, AZ, the third largest refuge in the lower 48 states. Cabeza Prieta, Spanish for "dark head," refers to a lava-topped, granite peak in a remote mountain range in the western corner of the refuge.
Credit: Gary Zahm
Last updated: October 12, 2012