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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.


2018 Jr. Duck Stamp Art Contest

The 2018 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is now underway. As part of the Junior Duck Stamp educational program, students across the country study waterfowl and demonstrate what they've learned by creating artwork that is entered in their state competition. The "Best of Show" from each state is submitted to the federal contest; one image will be selected to grace the face of the 2018-2019 Junior Duck Stamp.

The deadline for the state contests is March 15th. John Heinz NWR is the state coordinator for Pennsylvania. Art Contest entries, along with a completed entry form, should be sent to Heinz Refuge by March 15. For more information and the entry form, please visit:

Groundhog Day Festival

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.

Movie Matinee: The Million Dollar Duck

January 20, 1-3 PM Million Dollar DuckThe Million Dollar Duck is a documentary that focuses on the strange and wonderful world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the only juried, art competition run by the U.S. government. This film explores the eccentric nature of the contestants who enter each year for a chance at wildlife art stardom, while also reflecting upon the history and challenges facing the continued existence of this successful conservation program.

Come for a Junior Duck Stamp art activity at 1 pm; the film will begin at 2 pm. Free!




The Friends of Heinz Refuge 2016 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