America’s Wildlife Refuges is an initiative of the Public Lands Alliance, an official nonprofit partner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dedicated to inspiring meaningful connections and private support for the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Each year, more than 65 million people travel from near and far to explore, admire, and appreciate America’s 568 national wildlife refuges. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conserves more than 850 million acres of land and water to help ensure wildlife maintains critical habitats and people have access to true nature. Significant funding is critical to ensure these special places conserve wildlife and are welcoming to all.

 Through America’s Wildlife Refuges, the Public Lands Alliance is uniquely positioned to help. Your gifts to the America’s Wildlife Refuges initiative will help enhance conservation, education, and outdoor recreation opportunities across the nation, and so much more.

The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a vast network of outdoor spaces created to protect local nature and wildlife, stretches from coast to coast across all 50 states and 5 territories. Their critical habitats are home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish — 380 of which are threatened or endangered.

More than 100 national wildlife refuges are located within 25 miles of cities. They are places to walk, touch, feel, sit, leap, and learn. Meditate, explore, fish, or hike. Bring a camera or a kayak. Bring your little ones, your elders, your friends, or just yourself. Connect with local wildlife, and leave feeling a little more alive.

The National Wildlife Refuge System is on a mission to empower wildlife, people, and nature to thrive. With millions of acres of wildlife habitat to immerse yourself in, nature is always nearby.

Through America’s Wildlife Refuges, the Public Lands Alliance is collaborating with locally based 501(c)(3) partners to increase awareness of the National Wildlife Refuge System and deliver incredible impact.

These partners have many names – friends groups, cooperating associations, conservation corps, for example. Many of these groups are all-volunteer led, while others have paid staff. They host wildlife-viewing hikes, undertake restoration projects, operate nature stores in visitor centers, and serve as local ambassadors and advocates for the wildlife all of us love and need.