Summer, glorious summer. The best way to savor it: outdoors in nature. National wildlife refuges offer the peace and seasonal beauty you’re seeking, plus a chance to see wildlife you don’t see every day.
Visit a refuge near you and explore your natural heritage. Join in a bird festival, butterfly count or other special event – or make your own anytime event by hiking a refuge trail or driving along a wildlife viewing route. Many refuges also make great destinations for activities such as fishing and paddling.
To locate a refuge near you, use the “find your refuge” tool. Here are some upcoming refuge events.
Caption: An osprey gives a fierce stare at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA. (Katherine Whittemore/USFWS)
The National Wildlife Refuge System protects wildlife and wildlife habitat on more than 150 million acres of land and water from the Caribbean to the Pacific, Maine to Alaska.
Refuges also improve human health, provide outdoor recreation and support local economies. Visit our home page at http://www.fws.gov/refuges/. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel, and download photos from our Flickr page.