NEWBURYPORT, MA — National Wildlife Refuge Week – observed during the second week in October – reminds Americans how nature enriches our lives and adds to the beauty of our country. What better time to celebrate that connection with the natural world and Parker National Wildlife Refuge!

Celebrated for one week every fall since 1996, Refuge Week highlights the National Wildlife Refuge System – the network of lands and waters that protect wildlife and their habitats.

In celebration of Refuge Week, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge invites visitors to walk along the North Pool dike from Sat., October 10 (mid-morning) through Sun., October 18 (inclusive). This dirt and gravel pathway, in an area of the refuge normally closed to the public, provides additional opportunities to view the salt marsh, North Pool, and the wildlife that frequent these habitats. Visitors will be able to access the dike via the Hellcat cross-dike (at parking lot 4), North Pool overlook and/or Sub Headquarters. (Please note that the Bill Forward Pool dike, located south of the Hellcat observation tower, will remain closed.)

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