Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week

From Oct 9-15, National Wildlife Refuge Week will help members of the public celebrate the wonders of the world through wildlife refuges. As part of this U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service event, individuals are invited to attend national wildlife refuges where they can hike, fish, paddle or just take in the beauty of nature. Special events and festivals will be hosted on the refuges throughout the week. In fact, on the first day of the Refuge Week, admission was free. National wildlife refuges have been protecting wildlife and lands since President Theodore Roosevelt established the first one in 1903 on Florida’s Pelican Island. Check out some photos and information about the different places and wildlife you can visit from brown bears and caribou herds in the majestic Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to bison at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge outside Denver, Colo.

Header Image: Fall at Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan. ©Keri Boothe