National wildlife refuges make up the largest network of public lands in the world dedicated to the conservation of fish, wildlife and their habitats. Refuges inspire, empower and enable wildlife, people and communities to thrive. National Wildlife Refuge Week, observed the second full week of October each year, celebrates this system of lands and waters that conserves and protects our wildlife heritage
In Alaska, we are shared stewards of world renowned natural and cultural resources on sixteen national wildlife refuges that span a vast and diverse state. They are the traditional homelands of our Alaska Native neighbors, who continue to practice a subsistence way of life that nourishes body and spirit. These refuges call to people from around the globe, offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences, iconic creatures, and spectacles of migration. For the people who live here, and for those who visit, these places give us a true refuge and solace in difficult times. From the far reaches of the Aleutians and the Arctic to the nearby trails of the Kenai, the wildness of Alaska’s national wildlife refuges sustains us.
During October 11th-17th, connect with us to explore more:
Find new stories, activities, and virtual events from refuges around the state and on our Alaska Facebook page each day.
Looking to add some Alaska views to your next online meeting? This album is for you! Tour through the diverse and beautiful landscapes of Alaska’s 16 national wildlife refuges, and picture yourself there…
Are you a Refuge Super Fan? Share how you “Live Your Wild” on your social media using #WildlifeRefuge, and add a special frame to your Facebook profile and find your community. Choose to add a frame, and search “National Wildlife Refuge Super Fan” when editing your profile photo.