No, it's not creepy to bring binoculars when you go bird-watching. The birds don’t care - and both the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge and the Park at Historic Newlin Grist Mill encourage it!

Heinz Refuge was America's First Urban Refuge and it is proud of its role in preserving, restoring, and developing the natural area known as Tinicum Marsh and promoting environmental education opportunities like nature walks.

The refuge protects a variety of habitats for birds in the highly urbanized landscape of greater Philadelphia. It has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. While most of the 300 plus avian species identified at the refuge utilize it as a migratory stopover, more than 80 species have been recorded nesting on the refuge over the years.

Sun, Feb 18th 9-11am - Birds on Ice with volunteer Gregg Gorton
Discover the 300+ species of birds that use the Refuge during their migrations. This monthly education Walk guarantees a different species every times.  Meet at the Visitor Center and feel free to borrow binoculars.  The pace is relaxed and walking surfaces are flat, but please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for cold weather. No registration required. No charge.

Sun, Feb 25th 9-11am - Bird Walk with Edie Parnum
Take an educational walk with one of our knowledgeable volunteers! Walk participants meet by the Visitor Center and be at a relaxed paced on flat surfaces. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. Binoculars can be loaned from the front desk before the walk. No registration required. No charge.

Heinz Nat'l Wildlife Refuge Calendar Web Page
  • Refuge trails are open every day, sunrise to sunset, free of charge. 
  • Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. 
  •  Binoculars and fishing rods are available to borrow at the Visitor Center front desk.
  • There are more than 10 miles of trails
8601 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19053

Newlin Grist Mill is an historic site and 160-acre park where
numerous outdoor activities take place, year round.
Or Take a Bird Walk at the Newlin Grist Mill in the Brandywine 
Take a Naturalist-led Bird Walk at Newlin - Sat Feb. 24th 9-11am 
No Charge

Newlin Grist Mill and Wild Birds Unlimited-Concordville have teamed up to explore the wonderful world of bird life. Join them for monthly naturalist-led walks through the 160-acre park at Newlin Grist Mill. You will meet year-round residents, visit exciting migrants, and learn the basics of bird identification and biology.

Families and beginners are welcome!
Newlin Grist Mill Website
219 South Cheyney Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342