Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Around the Refuge

Current Conditions

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As of March 31, 2020, Visitor Center operations are suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Public parking areas and trails remain open.

Visitor Center and Other Closures

Watch Butterflies for Science!

2017 Pass Contest Winner

Here's a new citizen science opportunity for those wishing to help conserve monarch butterflies. Researchers need you to collect information about the places monarchs spend the night during fall migration. Interested? Check out the brochure, download the Collector for ArcGIS app and get started!

Monarch Migration Validator Brochure (pdf 1.5MB)

Get Involved

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Love the outdoors and can't get enough? There are many ways to get involved on the refuge! Learn about our friends group, volunteering, workamping and internships on our Get Involved page.

Get Involved

16 Inch Gun Barrel

16 Inch Gun Barrel

Come visit a little piece of history on the refuge! This WWII gun barrel used to be on the U.S.S. Missouri during WWII and the Korean War. Now it sits in our bunker located on the Wildlife Trail. Come touch a piece of history!

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Visitor Activities

Visitor Activities

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There are activities year-round at Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge including boating, wildlife observation, photography, hiking and hunting. Learn more on our Visitor Activities page.

Visitor Activities

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS