Don't forget about the Erie NWR in the winter!

The Deer Run Trail and Tsuga Trail are great for cross-country skiers and snowshoers!




About Us

The Friends of the Erie National Wildlife Refuge is an organization of concerned citizens who appreciate the Refuge’s efforts to protect and improve the natural habitat needed for the wide variety of plants and animals that populate the Refuge grounds as well as providing public recreation and environmental education opportunities. The group’s membership has recognized that the Refuge needs the help and support of good friends and neighbors in order to continue these services for generations to come.

Established January 19, 2006, the Friends group is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the mission and purposes of the Erie National Wildlife Refuge. We provide many vital services to the Refuge such as community outreach, education programs, habitat restoration, special events support, volunteer staff, advocacy and fund raising.



Mission and Goals Statement

The purpose of the Friends of Erie National Wildlife Refuge is to promote conservation, awareness, and appreciation of the Erie National Wildlife Refuge and to provide assistance to Refuge programs.

The Friends' goals are

  1. to increase awareness of the refuge and its mission,
  2. to generate and then allocate funds to support the refuge,
  3. to support refuge programs and projects, and
  4. to advocate for the refuge locally, state-wide, and nationally.


Upcoming Events
News Headlines

The Friends Win Award At The 2016 French Creek Watershed Cleanup

The Friends of Erie National Wildlife Refuge team for the 24th Annual French Creek Cleanup won the "Most Weight (non-Corporate) Medium Team Award"...

Our Inaugural Issue of Digital Refuge Update
By Cynthia Martinez
Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System...

The Next Generation to Care for Wildlife

Juan “Tony” Elizondo, a high school teacher in Houston, and Corrin Omowunmi, a Student Conservation Association coordinator at a Philadelphia-area national wildlife refuge, share a passion for environmental awareness, wildlife conservation and connecting young people with nature...