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.

Special Observance

Join Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge for Pollinator Palooza on June 30th from 10 AM- 12 PM at Penn Lake Library (8800 Penn Ave. S. Bloomington, MN 55431). June is Pollinator month, and we’re taking some time to appreciate all of the birds, bees, and bugs that we rely on. Play...

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Penn Lake Library

A sea turtle’s life begins with a struggle in the sand. Come learn what baby turtles must overcome to reach their ocean home. We will also share any updates about sea turtle nesting on Virginia Beach’s coastline! Please call to sign up at (757)301-7329 ext.3106

Dates: June 30, July...

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge Visitor Center

On June 30th, 1972, this refuge was officially established as part of the National Wildlife Refuge system and becoming America's first urban wildlife refuge! Celebrate with free archery, history walks, fishing, food, and more! Check out our takeover in the July edition of the Southwest Globe...

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
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Latest Stories

A mexican wolf with a green and red radio collar stands looking at the camera
Endangered Species Act
Service Finalizes Changes to Mexican Wolf Management Rule 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized revised management regulations for Mexican wolves in the wild. The final rule includes a modified population objective, a new genetic objective, and temporarily restricts three forms of take within the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area in...
adult wyoming toad swimming among aquatic vegetation
Endangered Species Act
More Than $9 Million Awarded for Endangered Species Care During Pandemic
Together with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, we are distributing awards of over $9 million in additional federal reimbursements under the Endangered Species COVID-19 Relief program, funded by the American Rescue Plan.
Assistant Director for Migratory Birds, Jerome Ford, stands with Director Martha Williams as they hold the newly issued duck stamp.
Get Involved
New Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp Soar Into Their Debut
Hunters, birders, and stamp collectors celebrated as the 2022-2023 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp – commonly known as the Duck Stamp – went on sale. The new Federal Duck Stamp and its younger sibling, the Junior Duck Stamp, debuted and are now available for purchase.
Coho salmon swim upstream from the Pacific Ocean in Washington
Wildlife Wonders
Life Along the Fish Highway: Fish Migration Across America
Fish are on the move and not just during Ocean Month each June! Yup, fish migrate in all kinds of ways – from oceans to rivers, streams to seas, within a single watershed, or even between deep and shallow water. Some fish travel just a short distance while others may swim hundreds to thousands of...
an orange butterfly on a purple flower
Interior Department Commits to Urgent Actions to Conserve the Monarch Butterfly
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Shannon Estenoz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Martha Williams and Senator Jeff Merkley joined science experts and policymakers at the first-ever Monarch Butterfly Summit in Washington, DC, on...
Fish Surveys at Baca National Wildlife Refuge
Endangered Species Act
Rescind Regulatory Definition of “Habitat” Under the Endangered Species Act
To better fulfill the conservation purposes of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (together the “Services”) will rescind a final rule, published in December 2020, which established a regulatory definition of “habitat”...

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.


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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