The National Wildlife Refuges will be free for 7 days in 2014, allowing for some awesome opportunities. With amazing fish and wildlife thriving in our refuges, you really should pay them a visit. These areas are underrated for hiking and are home to some of my favorite memories during my childhood. I grew up birding and watching animals in refuges all across Washington. Going to these locations made me the nature lover I am today. They are what shaped me as a steward of the land and made me passionate about protecting the environment.
Our National Wildlife Refuges offer experiences not seen anywhere else, which is why they are set aside for our benefit and enjoyment. With nearly 1/6th of all Americans visiting a National Wildlife Refuge each year, you should check them out and experience even more of nature’s beauty. Washington State is home to 24 National Wildlife Refuges, each of which is an incredible and beautiful location.
FEE FREE DATES
January 20th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 15th-17th for Presidents’ Day weekend
September 27th for National Public Lands Day
October 12th for first day of National Wildlife Refuge Week
November 11th for Veterans Day
WANT TO VISIT YEAR ROUND?
Free annual passes are available to current military members and their dependents
Individuals with permanent disabilities receive a free lifetime pass.
If you are 62 years of age and over, you get a lifetime pass for just $10
An annual pass for the general public, which includes all National Parks and Monuments is $80.
OLYMPIC PENINSULA AREA REFUGES
Flattery Rocks NWR: http://www.fws.gov/washingtonmaritime/flatteryrocks/
Dungeness NWR: http://www.fws.gov/washingtonmaritime/dungeness/
Copalis NWR: http://www.fws.gov/washingtonmaritime/copalis/
Grays Harbor NWR: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/grays_harbor/
Nisqually NWR: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Nisqually/
Quillayute Needles NWR: http://www.fws.gov/washingtonmaritime/Quillayute_Needles/
Protection Island NWR: http://www.fws.gov/washingtonmaritime/protection_is/
MORE REFUGES IN WASHINGTON STATE