Projects and Research

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is part of the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, whose main goal is to engage urban communities as partners in wildlife conservation. The Urban Standards of Excellence is the framework for this collaboration and guides the refuge in our work both on refuge lands and in the neighboring communities. 

Urban Standards of Excellence 

1) Know and relate to your community 

2) Connect urban people with nature 

3) Build partnerships 

4) Be a community asset 

5) Ensure adequate long–term resources 

6) Provide equitable access 

7) Ensure visitors feel safe and welcome 

8) Model sustainability