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The Refuges are OPEN!

open year-round • sunrise to sunset • no pets or horses • regulations

Welcome! The Friends of Woodlands and Waters is a nonprofit working in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to support conservation, recreational and educational goals.


Visit the Refuges

Assabet River NWR

Assabet River GuideTrails

Great Meadows NWR

Great Meadows GuideTrails


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Now Open: Online Nature Store

Our online Nature Store is now open! Members get a 10% discount (use coupon at checkout). Pick up purchases at the Assabet River NWR Visitor Center on Saturdays between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Please note that all sales are final.

Shop the Nature Store


Wildlife on Video

Watch the latest videos from trail cameras at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge.

Watch wildlife videos


Announcing Our New Look and Name

We are happy to announce that Friends of the Assabet River, Oxbow, and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuges, Inc. is continuing the process of rebranding to reflect our expanded organization. Our new name is Friends of Woodlands and Waters!