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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.



16th Annual Friends of Heinz Refuge Photo Group Nature Photo Contest

The Friends of Heinz Refuge Photo Group announces its 16th Annual Nature Photography Contest. Images may be of any nature subject found at the refuge. No domestic animals, pets, or ornamental flora. Limit 3 entries per person. You are welcome to submit the maximum three entries however each individual will only be eligible for one award, excluding the Bill Buchanan Award.

All entries will be displayed at the refuge in a Photo Contest Exhibition beginning October 2, 2017. Prize winners will be announced on October 14, 2017 during the “Philly Fall Nature Fest.” Visitors to the Refuge will have the opportunity to vote for a People’s Choice Award during the two weeks leading up to the Festival.

Entries may be dropped off at the refuge visitor center between 8:30 am – 3:30 pm beginning August 20, 2017. Payment is by check or money order only. Please make checks payable to “FOHR Tinicum.” Late, damaged or previous winning photographs will not be accepted. Improperly sized or mounted photos will not be submitted to the juror. All cash prizes must be claimed at the refuge within 30 days of the Festival. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3:30pm for ALL entries. There will be NO deadline extensions.

Proceeds will benefit FOHR for refuge projects. FOHR is a nonprofit, tax exempt, 501 (c)(3) association founded in 1997 to assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in carrying out its educational, interpretive, and public use missions.

Attach this form (or a copy) to the back of each print submitted.  Do not staple.  Please print clearly.


Snakehead Fishing flyer
New this summer is a series of fishing events focused on the Northern Snakehead, a freshwater invasive fish living in both the impoundment pond and Darby Creek. Predatory Snakeheads are spreading fast, crowding out the native fish and disrupting the food web. Have fun fishing while helping the Refuge manage habitat!

Prizes are generously donated by the Friends of Heinz Refuge

Family Movie Night flyer

Save the Date!

Summer Tree Identification
August 13
Philly Fall Nature Fest
October 14 Annual
FOHR Members Meeting & 20th Anniversary Celebration
November 4


Friends of Heinz Refuge (FOHR) is planning our 20th year anniversary celebration(s).  We want to form a committee whose purpose is to plan and execute a 20th year anniversary celebration(s) to be remembered.  If you are interested in volunteering to ACTIVELY participate in this Historic event, please send an email to the address below since we want to start committee work in December, 2016




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