Welcome to the Potomac River Refuges

Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck NWR              Occoquan Bay NWR               Featherstone NWR


Learn how to support your native bees

Stop by Occoquan Bay Refuge Saturday April 30 between 9:30 and noon and get the scoop on native bees and how easy it is to help them.

The event will be at the main parking lot under the pavilion. 

There is Something for Everyone at the Potomac River Refuges

Whether you are a birder, photographer, or hiker, there is something for you to enjoy at one of the Potomac River Refuges.  If it is fresh air and a change of scenery you need after a hectic day, then come step into a place where traffic noise is the sound of spring peepers and songbirds and congestion is a group of twelve bald eagles out on the ice.

For hikers, Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck and Occoquan Bay NWR's have walking trails.  Both Refuges also offer excellent birding opportunities, with the species count at OBNWR now up to 242.  Bald eagles can often be seen at both refuges, with the best viewing during winter.  

Weekend programs and special events offer a chance to learn more from rangers and naturalists.  For Scouts and other groups, the Friends of the Potomac River Refuges offer special walks and programs.  Contact us for more information.

Whether you are a Refuge veteran or first-time visitor, we welcome you to share in the beauty of the diverse habitats at the Potomac River Refuges.

Learn more about how you can help the refuge system from the National Wildlife Refuge Association (www.refugenet.org) and from the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp (www.friendsofthestamp.org)

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Helping to conserve three important National Wildlife Refuges in the midst of highly populated Northern Virginia

Upcoming events

13 Jul 2016 7:00 PM (EDT) • Visitor Contact Station Building, Dawson Beach Rd, Woodbridge
10 Aug 2016 7:00 PM (EDT) • Visitor Contact Station Building, Dawson Beach Rd, Woodbridge
14 Sep 2016 7:00 PM (EDT) • Visitor Contact Station Building, Dawson Beach Rd, Woodbridge
12 Oct 2016 7:00 PM (EDT) • Visitor Contact Station Building, Dawson Beach Rd, Woodbridge


Be a FoPRR Volunteer

Good with numbers? The FoPRR Board needs a Treasurer:

  • 2-year term
  • Collect mail, deposit checks, pay bills
  • Balance monthly bank and PayPal account
  • Receive and record receipts
  • Prepare monthly Treasurer report

        Want to help others enjoy the Refuges? We are looking for volunteers to lead or support events like these during 2016:

        • Hot-coffee/morning hike to greet the rising sun
        • Yoga at the pavilion at Turtle Pond
        • Nature walks to spot common Refuge birds, flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, native plants
        • Informal workshops on how to take good nature photographs or how to equip yourself for successful birdwatching 

        Interested? Contact us at info@foprr.org

                Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) Manager of the Potomac River Refuge Comples (PRRC) Daffny Pritchford (L) with PRRC            Visitor Services Manager Rosalind Wu (R) 

         FWS Volunteer Opportunities

        • Welcome visitors at Occoquan Bay NWR
          • Help Fish & Wildlife staff greeting visitors on the weekends
          • Volunteers are asked to commit to 1 shift/month 
          • Shift length and time are flexible
        • Protect habitats and wildlife by volunteering with The Potomac Pullers to control and manage invasive plants 
          • Learn to identify invasive plants
          • Map invasives using GPS
          • Remove invasives
          • Monitor results
          • Increase public awareness

        Interested?  Please contact:

        Rosalind Wu, Visitor Services Manager 
        703-490-4979 x 2016

                        Last updated:  April 18, 2016

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