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The Refuges are OPEN!

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

Welcome!  Friends of Woodlands and Waters is an all volunteer nonprofit 501(c)3 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

News & Events

  • 2024 Riverfest Event

    Saturday, July 27, 10am to 2pm, is FAMILY FISHING & FESTIVITIES AT GREAT MEADOWS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE For Information call US Fish & Wildlife at 978-444-4661

    July27 10 AM – 2 PM

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!