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Friends of Heinz Refuge (FOHR) is engaged in a wide diversity of projects, programs, and services which serve to raise awareness of and support for John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, as well as the National Wildlife Refuge System and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.





Attention nature photographers! It’s just about time to get your winning shots to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum for the annual photo contest. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Heinz Wildlife Refuge Photo Group and winners will be announced on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at 1PM during the refuge’s biggest event of the year, the “Cradle of Birding Wildlife and Conservation Festival”. The deadline to submit photos has been extended to Sunday, September 7, 2014! Download rules and an entry form here (PDF).






The Friends of Heinz Refuge (FOHR) are excited to announce that we have created a new Field Trip Busing Grant Program through which area teachers and schools may request funding assistance to cover some or all of the busing costs associated with student field trips. Beginning with the commencement of the school year 2014-2015, we invite area teachers to download the the application. After the form has been completed, including all the required signatures, it can be submitted to us either by mail: PO Box 333, Folcroft, PA 19032-0333 (Attention Education Committee), or through our website email – Please note that part of the application process requires teachers to contact the refuge for additional instructions and to reserve their trip date. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and must be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the anticipated field trip date. Maximum funding will be $200.00 per school, per year. FOHR’s education committee will meet monthly and will review all submitted applications then, with notice of grant approvals being sent immediately after approval.





Dennis Brennan leads a bird walk across the “Big Boardwalk” in 2004. Free guided bird walks are held most Saturday and Sunday mornings by a dedicated group of bird walk leaders. Do you recognize anyone in this picture? Check out our current schedule of events and join us for a bird walk to celebrate 40 years of conservation!



Heinz Refuge celebrates its 40th anniversary with a collection of articles, stories, and images from the Refuge archives. We hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane featuring 40 years of collaborative efforts to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. Read more reflections in our archive. If you have a memory or story to share, please email it to info(at) We'll be gathering as many as we can for a special retrospect.







FOHR mailing address: PO Box 333, Folcroft PA 19032-0333.

Heinz Refuge address: 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia PA 19153.

Telephone: (215) 365-3118