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Support Blue Heron Trails


Blue Heron Trails is a new wildlife viewing and habitat study area that allows the Refuge to be open, for the first time, seven days a week from dawn to dusk. This innovative project is restoring 326 acres of land to native wetlands, grassland, and riparian forest. Students and visitors of all ages are able to explore 50 acres of wildlife habitat that is open to the public. 

There is always something to see at the Refuge.  Come to Blue Heron Trails and be surrounded by the songs of Redwing Blackbirds and Meadow Larks.  Keep your eyes open for all sorts of wildlife.

There are occasional docent led walks (fall through spring) and staff led kayak trips on the lakes (summer).  These events take place in areas that are not normally open to the public.  To find out about upcoming events, go to:  Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge


And remember to bring your camera and your binoculars!

Blue Heron Trails features:

  • Universally accessible trails and over-the-water boardwalks.

  • An open-air presentation center.

  • Interpretive panels and informative kiosks.

  • A Junior Biologist Trail with nature study stations.

  • Picnic area, parking, and restrooms.

Benefits to the Community:

  • A destination of distinction for classroom field trips, educators, researchers, artists, and tourists.

  • An expanded Environmental Education Program.

  • A safe place for people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors.

We offer a list of our birds and plants of the Refuge online and include the ability to download them to take along with you on your walk. 

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