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36 Wildlife Sanctuaries to explore in United States

United States

Third largest and third most populous country in the world. Size-wise, it is almost as large as the continent of Europe.

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center
Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center9383 El Rancho Ln, Alamosa, CO 81101, USA

The Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge covers 11,169 acres of high desert uplands and riparian wetlands in the San Luis Valley.The site consists of wet meadows, river oxbows and riparian corridor primarily within the flood plain of the Rio Grande, and dry uplands vegetated with greasewood and saltbush.It is considered to be more wild and less intensely managed than the nearby Monte Vista refuge.

Bluff Lake Nature Center
Bluff Lake Nature Center11255 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Denver, CO 80238, USA

A beautiful and wild 123-acre wildlife refuge and environmental education center in Denver, Colorado, located along Sand Creek on the eastern edge of the former Stapleton International Airport. It consists of a variety of native habitats including wetlands, short-grass prairie, a riparian zone and wetland woodland. it is free and open to the public, serving a role as unplanned open space for children and families in the nearby neighborhoods.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary375 Sanctuary Rd W, Naples, FL 34120, USA

During the 1940s and 1950s, extensive logging was occurring in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, destroying many bald cypress and pond cypress trees. The sanctuary was established to protect these remaining trees.

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA

The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary
Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary440 Wilchester Blvd, Houston, TX 77079, USA

This is a nature sanctuary which was located in Houston, Texas. the sanctuary includes a restored log cabin for hosting educational programs and houses administrative offices for the Houston Audubon Society. There also operates a plant nursery that provides wildflowers and grasses for coastal prairie restoration projects or offered for sale to support the Audubon programs. This sanctuary was a rich collection of wildlife, flora and fauna.

Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park40001 State Hwy 9336, Homestead, FL 33034, USA

Largest tropical wilderness in the United States. The Everglades are a network of wetlands and forests fed by a river flowing 0.25 miles (0.40 km) per day out of Lake Okeechobee, southwest into Florida Bay. The park is the most significant breeding ground for tropical wading birds in North America and contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere.

Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge
Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge12638 Darby Brook Ct, Woodbridge, VA 22192, USA

The Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge located along the Potomac River in Virginia, at the point where it meets Neabsco Creek. The refuge covers wetlands and woodlands, and has a railroad right-of-way bordering its western edge. It is currently closed to the public, but has been considered as a possible portion of the route for the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge12085 SR 29 South, Immokalee, FL 34142, USA

The Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1989 under the Endangered Species Act by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, to protect the endangered Florida panther, as well as other threatened plant and animal species.

Gunnison National Forest
Gunnison National ForestGunnison National Forest, Colorado 81210, USA

The Gunnison National Forest is a protected area situated in the western part of the US state of Colorado. It consists of a variety of wilderness terrain, covering vast distances in secluded places like the West Elk Mountains, Raggeds Wilderness, Fossil Ridge, and the La Garita Wilderness. A good trekking destination and also it offers nice views of wildlife and forest.

Holy Cross Wilderness
Holy Cross WildernessMinturn, CO 81645, USA

The 122,797-acre wilderness with 164 miles of trails was established in 1980 in the San Isabel and White River national forests near Leadville. It is a rugged and beautiful backcountry with many satisfying routes and experiences. The Holy Cross Wilderness has a history of many hikers, often those who are unprepared, becoming endangered. Primarily, the hikers who require rescue are unfamiliar with the risks of entering wilderness areas

James Peak Wilderness
James Peak WildernessS Boulder Creek Trail, Idaho Springs, CO 80452, USA

The James Peak Wilderness encompasses 14,000 acres on the east side of the Continental Divide in Boulder, Gilpin, and Clear Creek Counties of Colorado.The wilderness is named after its second tallest mountain, 13,294-foot James Peak. Peaks can be summited via easy hikes, or more adventuresome 5+ climbs. During the winter many of the summits can be climbed and then ski or boarded down.

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

This is a National Wildlife Refuge on the northwest coast of the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi. It was established to preserve and enhance seabird nesting colonies. Each year, thousands of migratory seabirds use Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge for nesting, foraging, or resting.

Lake Alice
Lake AliceLake Alice, Gainesville, FL, USA

On the University of Florida campus, there is a small lake called Lake Alice. Gainesville's lake is a wildlife area and one of the few places in the city where one can see live alligators.

Lake Conestee Nature Preserve
Lake Conestee Nature Preserve601 Fork Shoals Rd, Greenville, SC 29605, USA

Lake Conestee Nature Preserve consists of approximately 400 acres of beautiful natural habitat on the Reedy River just 6 miles south of downtown Greenville, South Carolina. The preserve contains both hardwood and evergreen forest, extensive wetlands, and rich diversity of reptiles, mammals, and birds.

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge2045 Mud Lake Rd, De Leon Springs, FL 32130, USA

To provide habitat for migrating and wintering birds, the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1964.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge1987 Scrub Jay Way #32782, Titusville, FL, USA

There are 140,000 acres (57,000 ha) of Merritt Island. A National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on Florida's largest barrier island. The NWR contains saltwater estuaries, freshwater impoundments, marshes, dunes, hardwood hammocks, and scrub habitats.

Mission: Wolf
Mission: Wolf13388 Co Rd 634, Westcliffe, CO 81252, USA

Mission: Wolf is a solar-powered nature center that provides a sanctuary for unwanted captive-born wolves and horses. At present, they care for 23 wolves and wolf-dog crossesand works to promote a better understanding of wolves in order to further reintroduction efforts and discourage attempts to keep wolves as pets.

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge6120 CO-15, Monte Vista, CO 81144, USA

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is located in the San Luis Valley, a high mountain basin located in south-central Colorado. The site was historically an agricultural area and thus water is intensively managed on the refuge, especially in comparison to the nearby Alamosa refuge. Irrigation includes numerous dikes and other water control structures that provide water to a patchwork of diverse wetland habitats ranging from shallow wet meadows to open water.

Mount Massive Wilderness Area
Mount Massive Wilderness AreaPSICC, Halfmoon Rd, Leadville, CO 80461, USA

The Mount Massive Wilderness is a federally designated wilderness area in the Sawatch Range. The wilderness now contains over 30,000 acres, and it is co-managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The name comes from Mount Massive, the second highest peak in Colorado, located inside the wilderness. It is the only federally designated wilderness area within the National Fish Hatchery System.

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge14050 Dawson Beach Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22191, USA

This is a national wildlife refuge located where the Occoquan River meets the Potomac River in Woodbridge. This is an ecological treasure of natural habitats that are rare or nearly extinct in Northern Virginia. Visit this unique place to experience tidal shorelines, marshes, meadows, woods and all of the creatures that dwell on the banks of the Occoquan and Potomac Rivers.

Map of Wildlife Sanctuaries to explore in United States