From Dragonfly Walks (July 17th & 31st) to Bird, Butterfly, Plant and Nature Photography Expeditions, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is One of the Most Amazing Places in the Country - and it's Right Here in Delco!

This was America's First Urban Refuge, established in 1972 for the purpose of preserving, restoring, and developing the natural area known as Tinicum Marsh, to promote environmental education, and to afford visitors an opportunity to study wildlife in its natural habitat.

Admission is FREE and the park is open every day, sunrise to sunset. The Welcome Center is open daily (except Federal Holidays) from 8:30am to 4pm.

It's unique blend of forests, meadows, marshes and wetlands provides a haven for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. And, each month the staff plans about a dozen special guided tours for visitors.

Thousands come to hike 10 miles of woodland trails...canoe and kayak on the in the creeks...and explore all the the other nooks and crannies of this rare green jewel thriving in the shadow of state-spanning bridges, superhighways and the Philadelphia Airport.

There's plenty to see and do in this 1,000 acre living classroom -- connecting people and communities with nature and local history, promoting resource stewardship, conservation, habitat management and living compatibly with nature.

In the mega hit flick  HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, 
Hiccup (a teenaged Viking and Dragon Hunter) encounters a dragon 
and soon realizes that
 "Everything we know about you guys is wrong."  

Don't be a Dragon Hunter like the Vikings in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON... On July 17th & 31st, at 1pm come find out the truth about the lives of Dragonflies  ;)

Or take one of the tours below to learn about secret lives of other cool, creeping and feathered creatures living next door to us!

Walks and programs begin in the visitor center unless otherwise noted, and all programs are weather dependent. For more details visit:
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge - Events Page

Saturday, July 2 -- 9:00am
BUTTERFLY WALK: Flying Wonders

Sunday, July 3 -- 1:00pm
PLANT WALK: Hot Summer Blooms

Saturday, July 9 -- 8:00am
PHOTO WALK: Birds and Insects

Sunday, July 10 -- 8:00am
BIRD WALK: Philly's Hottest Bird Spot

Saturday, July 16 -- 8:00am
BIRD WALK: Early Morning Birding Tour
9:00am -- FISHING EVENT: Fabulous Fishing Fun with Refuge Staff

Sunday, July 17th -- 9:30am
BUTTERFLY WALK: Flying Wonders

Sundays, July 17 and Sunday, July 31 -- 1:00pm
BIRD / DRAGONFLY WALK: Afternoon Birds and Dragonflies

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
FOR GPS: 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153
PH: 215-365-3118