Billy Frank JR. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

View from the end of the boardwalk looking north towards Luhr Beach.
Photo: F. Bowcutt, 2021.

The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is a 12.6 km2 wild life refuge, established in 1974, located in Thurston and Pierce Counties. The Refuge provides an excellent opportunity to view different habitats that exist in the Pacific Northwest. Within the boundaries of the Refuge you will find an estuary, salt marshes, open mudflats, freshwater marshes, grassland, riparian woodland, as well as viewing access to the Nisqually River. It also provides students with an excellent opportunity to view waterfowl, as well as other migratory birds.

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Website

Nisqually Plant Species List

Nisqually Refuge Bird List

Nisqually Refuge Educator Guide

Nisqually Refuge Field Trip Workshop

River and Tides: Restoring the Nisqually Estuary

Virtual Field Trip in the Nisqually Watershed


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