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.

What are the differences between sea turtles and land turtles? Why are sea turtles endangered? What can you do to save these gentle giants? Find out about sea turtle conservation and learn how you can be a part of the solution.

This free event is held at the Pea Island National...

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Find us at Kingsessing Library (1201 S 51st St) for a nature-themed storytime and craft! Free and no registration needed!

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
Kingsessing Library (1201 S 51st St)

Come learn about different bat species found on the refuge on this special twilight walk! Join Refuge Biological Technician Garrett and Kim from Friends of Heinz Refuge for an after-dark walk. Free and kid-friendly! Walk will begin at archway at the Visitor Center and will last approximately an...

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
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Latest Stories

bottomland hardwood forest
Land Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acquires Nearly 250 Acres in East Texas
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has acquired nearly 250 acres of bottomland hardwood and pine forest with 4 miles of Neches River frontage at Neches River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in East Texas.
orange and blue sky over water
Land Management
Great American Outdoors Act Makes Public Lands More Accessible
The nation’s public lands are for everyone, and we at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, which is helping make greater access possible.
A pond at Camas National Wildlife Refuge with tall grass in the foreground and snowcapped mountains in the background.
Land Management
Idaho Refuge Begins $7.8 Million Project
The project will rehabilitate the water delivery systems of Camas NWR, improve wildlife habitat, enhance public access to better support visitors with disabilities, and improve roadways to support birdwatchers, photographers and hunters.
View of wetlands from the boardwalk at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland.
Get Involved
Service Seeks Public Input to Improve Access to Federal Lands
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it is asking the public to identify Service-managed lands where people would most like to see new or improved public recreation access. This effort continues the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to expand public access to federal lands and ensure...
Adult salamander crawls through short grass.
Wildlife Management
Service Seeks Public Comments on Establishing Objectives and Standards for Conservation Banking
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments to assist in developing a proposed rule establishing objectives, measurable performance standards and criteria for use, consistent with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for species conservation banking.
group stand outside, many wearing Zeta blue
Our Partners
Director Williams Visits With Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Our Director, Martha Williams, visited with members of partner Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, America’s first urban national wildlife refuge.

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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