Come for a visit! We have at least one refuge in each U.S. state and territory, plus fish hatcheries, wetland management districts and our administrative offices. To find a location, select one on the map or use the filters to narrow your search…

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Visit a National Wildlife Refuge Facility

Protected Lands and Waters

The Refuge System administers lands and waters across the U.S. and territories, including:

  • 567 National Wildlife Refuges
  • 38 Wetland Management Districts
  • 5 Marine National Monuments
  • 63 Refuges with Wilderness Areas

The Purpose of Refuges

Each refuge is established to serve a statutory purpose that targets the conservation of native species dependent on its land and waters.

Things to Do and See

Where consistent with their primary purpose, refuges also offer activities for people, such as:

  • Hunting and fishing
  • Birdwatching and wildlife photography
  • Hiking and canoeing
  • Scientific research

 

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Visit a National Fishery Hatchery

National Fish Hatcheries and You

Whether you want to further conservation, learn more about nature, or share your love of the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. National fish hatcheries provide many opportunities for you to help your community, fish, and wildlife by doing what you love.  

The Purpose of Hatcheries 

Seventy fish hatcheries across the nation work with states and Tribes to produce and distribute fish for recreational and conservation purposes and provide refuge for endangered species. The hatcheries also provide outdoor opportunities from fishing events and tours to numerous education activities.  

Things to Do and See 

Nearly one million people visit the National Fish Hatchery System every year for incredible opportunities to hike, bird, fish, visit an aquarium, and learn more about fish conservation. 

  • Take part in a fishing derby 
  • See a freshwater fish aquarium 
  • Explore a nature trail 

 

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Upcoming Events

View the upcoming events at our national wildlife refuge and national fish hatchery facilities.

May brings us a mix of migratory songbirds, with the wood warblers being the most sought after. Join us on a walk in search of these seasonal migrants. Learn which species of birds use the refuge as a migratory stop over and those that migrate to the refuge to nest. Birders of all skill levels...

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Old Cedar Ave

This event has been rescheduled from it's original date (May 8) due to rain and wind conditions. Please join us on May 22nd!

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the refuge with a family friendly art walk! Join us for different art craft stations along the Big Boardwalk Loop to connect with each...

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

Walk with us! If you want to kick start your spring, join this supportive and fun community every Sunday in May and June! No registration required. Water and outdoor bathrooms are available near the trailhead.

Launched as a pilot program in 2017, We Walk PHL is a partnership between...

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
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Latest Stories

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Endangered Species Act
Celebration and Reflection on Endangered Species Day
We take pride that more than 99% of all species protected under the Endangered Species Act in its nearly 50 years are still with us. But the world faces a crisis of extinction. Climate change has added threats like sea level rise and exacerbated existing ones such as habitat loss.
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Wildlife Management
5 Species Supported By The State Wildlife Grant Program
Since 2001, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program has distributed over $1 billion to states, territories, and D.C. through the State Wildlife Grant Program (SWG). These funds are used by state and U.S. territory fish and wildlife agencies to develop and...
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Wildlife Management
California condor chick hatches on ‘Condor Cam’
The Condor Cam returned for the seventh year with a live streaming video, and on May 14 at 05:42 am, viewers around the world got a real-time look at a hard-won conservation success story with a first sighting of a freshly hatched condor chick.
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Recreation
$16 Million for Local Waterways and Recreational Boaters
Recreational boaters, local communities and aquatic resources will benefit from more than $16 million in grant funds, thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program. The CVA program fosters clean water and recreational access through funding to state agencies for the...
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Migratory Species
Searching for Wonder Among the Sparrows
How do biologists keep their sense of wonder for nature alive when the point of their job is to be objective and look at the facts? Read biologist Bri Benvenuti's blog to find out how.
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Migratory Species
Record High Number of Whooping Cranes Wintered in Texas
Last winter, an estimated 543 whooping cranes arrived on their Texas wintering grounds after migrating 2,500 miles from their breeding grounds in Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada.

Ways to Get Involved

Whether as a visitor to a refuge, a volunteer, a coworker, a formal partner, or more, there's plenty of ways we can work together to conserve and protect our natural resources. Here's just a few...

Learning Opportunities

We offer many types of learning opportunities including formal and informal training. Some of the education we offer includes job training, career enhancement training, education for environmental or technical professionals, and students.

Youth Programs

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) enjoys a proud history working with a range of youth organizations to help young people develop academic, leadership, and citizenship skills.

Partnerships

The Fish and Wildlife Service enters into agreements with a wide range of organizations at the national, regional and local levels.

Volunteering Opportunities

We have lots of ways to help out, for the short term or long, on the ground or in the office. We truly value our volunteer colleagues.

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