Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Announcements and Special Events

Another project completed by Friends of Parker River NWR - location markers along the entire Hellcat Trail!    


Welcome to the Storywalk at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Meet the Author : Jenn Bogard

“The Shorebirds Are Coming, The Shorebirds are Coming!”


Pines Trail Plank Inscription Fundraiser

Join us in our newest fundraising efforts as we work to replace the observation deck and the boardwalk at the Pines Trail. 

Make a donation and receive a customized plank to be installed in the boardwalk.

For more information access the order form here: PLANK ORDER FORM

Please make your donation today by clicking on the yellow Donate button below. 

Contribute to the Friends Internship Fund!

The Friends have launched a multi-year effort to raise at least $6,000 annually to cover the cost of a refuge summer intern for 10 to 12 weeks. The internship program will contribute to two of the Friends most important goals;
1. providing much needed support to refuge staff, and
2. offering hands-on training opportunities for individuals interested in careers in conservation and education.
100% of each gift will go towards the Friends Intern Program, to hire interns to work with the Refuge staff. Gifts are tax deductible.

Learn more -May 2020 Friends Newsletter.

Click the link below to support this effort to bring an intern to the Refuge!

Part 4 in our "Wild Flowers of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge" series. 

Please enjoy this fourth edition of a series of infographics regarding wildflower species you may encounter while exploring Parker River National Wildlife Refuge this summer. If you happened to miss our first and second editions, please see our archived articles section.

Come visit the pollinator gardens at the visitor center and ask us how you can help.

Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to supporting the US Fish & Wildlife Service Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Our Friends organization is entirely dependent upon volunteer support and funding from membership dues, donations, grants and fund raising events.

The Refuge is located on Plum Island, a barrier island and nearby Great Salt Marsh area in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, along the major bird migration route known as the Atlantic Flyway. It is comprised of more than 4,700 acres of pristine coastal habitat for more than 300 species of resident and migratory birds, as well as a large variety of mammals, insects, fish, reptiles and amphibians. In addition to wildlife conservation, the Refuge provides unique opportunities to experience an undeveloped, coastal environment near major metropolitan areas. See

Our Friends Organization:

Supports the primary purposes for which the Refuge was established.

Promotes the preservation of the natural and historical resources of the Refuge.

Fosters the wildlife-dependent use of the Refuge and the enjoyment of it by the public, consistent with its protection and preservation.

Engages in such educational, scientific and civic activities to assist the Refuge to carry out its mandates.

The Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all our corporate sponsors and friends

Corporate Sponsors:

We appreciate all of your help and support. Please visit their websites for more information about each organization/business.

Tom’s Plum Island Birding Page

Bird Observer

Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift

The Brookline Bird Club

Eastern Mass Hawk Watch

Essex County Ornithological Club

Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center

River Valley Real Estate



How You Can Help