Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Learn more: Hellcat Trail Project

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge announced in December that the long-anticipated Hellcat Trail replacement project is under way. During this exciting project, the entire Hellcat Trail boardwalk will be replaced.

Read a letter from Bill Gette, President of the Friends of Parker River NWR to find out how the Friends are involved in this project.

Film Screening and Discussion:

What obstacles stand in the way of the sustainable food movement?
Join Parker River NWR biological technician Lauren Healey as she addresses this very important question.
In this program we will start by watching the agriculture section of the critically acclaimed film, Tomorrow. The film focuses on creative and alternative solutions to climate change like urban farming, pop-up gardens, seed banking, and permaculture gardens. Using the film as a guide we will engage in our own robust, facilitated discussion on the question above.
Lauren Healey recently graduated from Umass Amherst with a degree in natural resources conservation and now works at Parker River NWR as a biological technician. She has studied vegetated rooftops for six years and published a peer-reviewed paper for her work. She is passionate about how they can be used for sustainable food production.

Join the new Friends Intern Program!

The Friends is launching a multi-year effort to raise at least $6,000 annually to cover the cost of Friends Interns.  These interns will work with refuge staff 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.
Click the link below to support this effort to bring a Friends Intern to the Refuge!

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

We appreciate all of your help and support.


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.

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