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Flint Hills
National Wildlife Refuge

Canada geese are predominantly brown, but they have a black head, neck, bill, and legs.  They also have a large white cheek patch.
530 W. Maple Ave.
Hartford, KS   66854
E-mail: flinthills@fws.gov
Phone Number: 620-392-5553
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Resident and migratory flocks of Canada geese are commonly seen on Refuge wetlands and crop lands.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Structured educational programs are available for schools, universities, and professional groups. Teacher workshops are usually held once a year in the summer. Educators can also check out educational videos and activity guides from the Refuge staff for use in their classrooms.

Fishing is permitted on the Refuge in accordance with state and Federal regulations. Special regulations apply. Please contact Refuge staff for specific information.

Portions of the Refuge are open to waterfowl, deer, turkey, upland birds, and small game hunting in accordance with state and Federal regulations. Special regulations apply. Please contact the Refuge staff for specific information.

The Refuge office and visitor center contain exhibits on the wildlife and habitat of the Refuge. An informational kiosk with a map and brochures is located in front of the office to provide visitor information during non-business hours.

Wildlife Observation
More than 40 miles of public use roads provide wonderful wildlife observation and photography opportunities throughout the year. The roads wind past woodlands, shallow marshes, grasslands, and crop fields where visitors can see a wide variety of wildlife species. Only graveled and paved roads are open to vehicle traffic.

Visitors also can enjoy three nature trails while on the Refuge. The Burgess Marsh trail (c mile) is located along K-130, 2 miles north of Hartford. This fully accessible trail leads you to a boardwalk that goes out into the marsh. The Townsite trail (1 mile) is located ½ mile north of the office. The trail meanders through the woodlands along the nearby Neosho River and offers good birdwatching. The Dove Roost trail (1 mile) is located at the northeast end of the Refuge. Trees, prairie, a pond, and views of the Neosho River can all be found here.

The Refuge office and visitor center is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. Primitive camping is allowed. Portions of the Refuge north of the Neosho River are closed to all public entry from November 1 to March 1. Please contact Refuge staff for more information.

Entrance Fees
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
The Refuge does not charge user fees (i.e., hunt fees, camping fees, boat launch, meeting rooms rental fees, auto tour fees, guided tour fees, etc.).
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