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

Refuge Closed for Archery Deer Hunt

The entire refuge will be closed to visitors during the mentored archery deer hunt days. The dates are: October 22 - 24, November 19 - 21, December 3 - 5, and December 17 - 19. Hunting is safe and getting safer, thanks to hunter education programs. Hunter education is designed to produce safe, responsible, knowledgeable and involved participants. In order to provide a quality hunting experience, we are choosing to close the refuge to all visitors on hunting days to not only maximize safety for all involved but to provide for quality experiences for all involved.

Learn more about hunting

Virtual Programs

Join us online with #HeinzAtHome virtual programs! Programs are scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm on Facebook Live.

JHNWR Virtual Programs

Volunteer Opportunities

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From trail maintenance to environmental education to the front desk, there are many opportunities to contribute! Join a cohort of dedicated volunteers that help make the refuge run!

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Calendar of Events

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There are a variety of walks and nature programs suitable for the whole family year-round at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Visit our Walks & Nature programs page for a list of upcoming events.

Calendar of Events

Friends of Heinz Refuge

Friends of Heinz Refuge

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Friends of Heinz Refuge (FOHR) is engaged in a wide diversity of projects, programs, and services which serve to raise awareness of and support for John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, as well as the National Wildlife Refuge System and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

FOHR Website

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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