Since 1934, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge has been a nature preserve that is home to diverse wildlife including some that are permanently injured and require human care to survive. 365 days a year, you can enjoy walking seven miles of trails to explore diverse habitats including forests and ponds, as well as the ecologically rare Dwarf Pines in the Pine Barrens. A bald eagle, owls, falcons, hawks and other native New York animals that have permanent injuries are housed in the Outdoor Wildlife Complex and can be visited any day of the year. Inside of the Nature Center, huge picture windows offer spectacular views of Old Ice Pond, as well as a great spot to bird watch or enjoy some quiet time. Comfy chairs, wildlife exhibits, live animals, a nature library, and gift shop can also be found inside of the Nature Center. Come by and visit!
Our Mission Statement
Our obligation is to serve as a responsible land steward of the historic Refuge property and its natural resources, while promoting, implementing, and supporting environmental education.
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is a 305-acre expanse of protected land, with over seven miles of trails in which you can explore a variety of habitats including Pine Barrens, bogs, wetlands, a field, and a tidal estuary. Our main trail is wheelchair and stroller friendly and all of the trails can be enjoyed in every season. The Refuge is a great place to cross-country ski and snowshoe! There is also an Outdoor Wildlife Complex which houses animals that have been injured and would not be able to survive in the wild.
Inside the Charles Banks Belt Nature Center you will find a warm and friendly environment where you can observe wildlife through huge windows that overlook Old Ice Pond. A variety of exhibits, turtles, snakes, a touch table, a children’s room, and a sitting area with a beautiful view of the pond can be enjoyed inside of the Nature Center. This building is available for meetings and events, and is the gathering spot for many of the educational programs offered for adults, children, and families.
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of nature related programs for all ages. Throughout the year, visitors look forward to our big events such as our Earth Day Celebration, Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Ecology Program, Annual Barbecue for Members, Enchanted Forest Halloween Trails, and our Annual Benefit Gala.
For those folks who enjoy history, the Refuge has plenty of it. Prior to becoming a wildlife preserve, the Quogue Ice Company harvested ice on Old Ice Pond. On the grounds you can visit the Ice Harvesting Museum that has authentic, century-old tools.
The Refuge trails and Outdoor Wildlife Complex are open every day from sunrise to sunset.
Nature Center Building is closed to the public at this time.
There is no charge to visit the Refuge. We look forward to seeing you!
The management change of 2006
In April of 2006, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) ended a 54 year lease with the Southampton Township Wildfowl Association (STWA) that involved the State to cooperatively manage the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Now the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is solely managed by the STWA, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Although the Refuge lost funding from the NYSDEC that paid for staffing and utilities, it was a positive change. The Refuge Board of Directors is now actively involved in raising the funds to meet the financial needs of the Refuge.