Are you ready? Whether you want to explore local places or plan a vacation, you'll find a wildlife refuge to suit your interests!
Things to Do
National wildlife refuges provide a variety of activities such as walking, fishing, bird-watching, canoeing and hunting that offer the chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings.
Things to See
National wildlife refuges are world-renowned as places to see great seasonal migrations of fish and wildlife, iconic animals like bison and bears, and more ordinary creatures thriving in their natural habitats.
The National Wildlife Refuge System has a devoted volunteer corps, made up of people from all walks of life who want to give back to their communities. Volunteers include parents who want to model stewardship, retirees who wish to pass on knowledge, outdoor enthusiasts sharing their passion, and young people interested in serving a worthy cause while learning job skills. Find an opportunity that fits your interest at volunteer.gov.
Passes and Permits
Some 30 national wildlife refuges charge visitors a nominal entrance fee (generally $3-$5 daily) to cover road and facility maintenance. If you are a regular visitor or would like to visit other public lands, you could save by buying a Federal Duck Stamp or an America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes, your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites.
Some refuges issue permits for selected activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing and ORV use. Some refuges use lottery systems to choose permitees. It is best to check with the individual refuge sites about permits and fees before your visit.
The National Wildlife Refuge System issues Special Use Permits (SUP) for special activities including research and commercial activities.