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Fall Fun At National Wildlife Refuges

National Wildlife Refuge Week, held annually during the second full week of October, celebrates the world-class recreation brought to Americans by the National Wildlife Refuge System, the nation’s largest network of public lands and waters managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

National wildlife refuges have been part of America’s proud natural heritage since the first refuge was established in 1903. Refuges provide vital habitat for thousands of species and access to world-class recreation, from fishing, hunting and boating to nature watching, photography and environmental education. You can find at least one refuge in every state and every U.S. territory.

Here’s a sampling of 2017 activities across the country, from special events, festivals, tours and even chances to volunteer to help wildlife. (Reservations may be required; check FWS website links for further details.)

October 7

October 8-14

October 8 and October 14

October 14

October 15-21

October 18

October 19

October 21

Photo credit: Steve Hillebrand/NFWS