Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Fee: Always free

Sun. 8 AM–7 PM
Mon. 8 AM–7 PM
Tue. 8 AM–7 PM
Wed. 8 AM–7 PM
Thu. 8 AM–7 PM
Fri. 8 AM–7 PM
Sat. 8 AM–7 PM
Broad Channel
Queens, New York 11693
(718) 318-4340

Check the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge website for additional hours, special pricing/discounts, and closure dates.


Gateway National Recreation Area, Jamaica Bay Unit
The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (website) is a Park in New York.
Official description from Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge:
The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge -- part of Gateway National Recreation Area -- is the only wildlife refuge in the national park system The refuge's 9,155 acres contain diverse habitats including salt marsh, upland field and woods, several fresh and brackish water ponds and an open expanse of bay available for exploration. At the Visitor Contact Station, a recently built "green" building, rangers can point you in the right direction whether you are interested in bird watching, strolling quiet trails or just experiencing the outdoors. The facility is also home to exhibits which highlight Jamaica Bay's remarkable plant and animal life, history, and how people continue to shape the nature of the bay. A wide range of ranger and volunteer led programs are offered year-round at the site, and include presentations on seasonal wildlife, sunset tours, family programs and an annual lecture series. Check out what's happening at Jamaica Bay. A birder's paradise, there are more than 330 bird species that have been sighted at the refuge over the last 25 years; that is nearly half the species in the Northeast. It is one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the Northeastern United States and one of the best places in New York City to observe migrating species. The refuge is also home to an impressive array of native reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, over 60 species of butterflies and one of the largest populations of horseshoe crabs in the northeast.
Wikipedia excerpt:
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife refuge in New York City that is managed by the National Park Service as part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The refuge is composed of the open water of Jamaica Bay and the intertidal salt marsh. The refuge lies entirely within the boundary of New York City, and is on the border of Brooklyn and Queens. John F. Kennedy International Airport was built upon a portion of the wetlands in Jamaica Bay.

We don't have any current exhibitions on file, most likely because we're still collecting listings.

In the meantime, check out the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge homepage or our exhibitions list for N.Y.-wide exhibits.

Official Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Links
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