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