Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous recreation opportunities including boating, hiking, and participating in educational programs among the refuge's unique ecosystems and diverse wildlife. It has a Visitor Center, an Environmental Learning Center, and ~5 miles of walking trails.

getting there

Take Exit 114 off of I-5 and follow the signs to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

on the trail

The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous recreation opportunities including boating, hiking, and participating in educational programs among the refuge's unique ecosystems and diverse wildlife. It has a Visitor Center, an Environmental Learning Center, and ~5 miles of walking trails. The one-mile Twin Barns Loop Trail is a fully accessible boardwalk trail with access to the observation platform. The Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail begins one mile from the Visitor Center and the Boardwalk is one mile long. So a round trip walk from the Visitor Center to the end of the Boardwalk and back is 4 miles.Please stay on the trails. The Refuge presents many wonderful opportunities for photographers. Observation platforms along the trail provide countless possibilities to capture that perfect moment.

Information for Leaders

SCHEDULING & Permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 4.0 mi
Map
  • USGS Nisqually
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Naturalist Trip - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Exploring Nature Trip
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to see birds and other wildlife. This
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Oct 1, 2022
No Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closed Sep 29
Seattle Branch

Pathfinders Trips - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Youth Youth activity: Pathfinders - Fall
Weekend trips for Pathfinder youth and their families to get Outside and enjoy Nature! We
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Oct 8, 2022
No Prerequisites
13 participants
Registration closes Oct 6
Olympia Branch

YWCA - Hiking Trips - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Youth Field trip: Mountain Workshop - YWCA
Hiking trips for YWCA youth
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Oct 16, 2022
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration closes Oct 14
Olympia Branch

Adventure Activity - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Youth Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Let's get adventurous! Mini Mountaineers will experience climbing, hiking, playing in the snow, and more!
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Mar 4, 2023
No Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist
Registration closes Mar 2
Tacoma Branch
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