Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and provides numerous recreation opportunities to thousands of visitors every year. Whether boating, walking the trails, or participating in educational programs, visitors enjoy viewing the unique ecosystems and diverse wildlife. Regulation of recreation activities allow for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats. The Nisqually estuary was restored in 2009 by removing dikes and reconnecting 762 acres with the tides of Puget Sound. This is the largest estuary restoration project in the Pacific Northwest and an important step in the recovery of Puget Sound. Many visitors, especially birders and boaters, have found that it is best to plan a visit to the Refuge according to the tides. The highest concentrations of the estuarine bird species will be most visible within two hours of high tide. The Visitor Center includes The Nature Shop, an information desk, a view of the freshwater marsh, and interpretive exhibits.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex needs YOU – your talents, your enthusiasm, and some of your time! If you enjoy working with people and appreciate and are concerned about our nation’s natural resources, our volunteer program may interest you. Various opportunities exist at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Complex for volunteers to gain a valuable and rewarding experience. Volunteers assist Refuge personnel in achieving management goals by assisting in: interpretation, environmental education, resource managment, maintenance and special projects. For more information on becoming a volunteer visit Nisqually Wildlife Refuge’s volunteer website.
Friends Of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Friends of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which helps fund education, interpretation, and outreach programs at Nisqually NWR. Membership in Friends of Nisqually NWR allows you to help with public education about important wildlife and habitat issues of Puget Sound and Nisqually National WIldlife Refuge. In addition, you receive:
- A 10 percent discount at the Nature Shop in the Visitor Center.
- A chance to become a participant in Refuge activities and make a practical contribution to the operation of Nisqually NWR.
- A tax deduction for membership and contributions as permitted by law.