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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.


Seeking Public Comment on Refuge Hunt Plan

Bow-hunting of White-tailed Deer is being planned at Heinz Refuge. You are encouraged to learn more and provide your comments. Written comments on the White-tailed Deer Refuge Hunt Plan may be submitted until Sunday, May 20, 2018. Comments may be emailed to or mailed
to the refuge:

Attn:Hunt Plan
8601 Lindbergh Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19153

Public presentations will be held:
• April 30th at 6:00pm at Ezekiel Baptist Church (5701-39
Grays Ave Philadelphia, PA)
• May 4th at 6:00pm at Tinicum Twp Municipal Building (629
N Governor Printz Blvd, Essington, PA)

For more information on the 2018 Refuge Hunt Plan:

Announcing the 17th Annual
Heinz Refuge Photo Contest!

Attention nature photographers! The time is NOW to take those winning images at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum for the annual photo contest.  Entries will be accepted from August 4 until September 16 and winners will be announced on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM during the refuge’s biggest event of the year, the “Philly Fall Nature Fest.” All images must be taken at Heinz Refuge and may be of any nature subject. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Heinz Wildlife Refuge Photo Group. For more information, contest rules and an entry form, click here.

To see last years winners click here

FOHR is happy to consider grant applications submitted by educators for busing cost assistance. FOHR’s bus fund is an annual program. Applications will be considered on a “first come – first serve” basis until all bus funds have been expended. NOTE: All anticipated field trips must be booked by the refuge prior to submitting an application. Please be sure to include bus company information including contact information and anticipated cost.

To apply for the bus fund, please click this link.




The Friends of Heinz Refuge 2017 Annual Report is now available for download (PDF). Read it to learn more about FOHR's accomplisments over the past year, as we've continued to work to support the Heinz Refuge.



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

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

Telephone: (215) 365-3118