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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.


A Gift for Wildlife
FOHR Volunteers
"We all enjoy the benefits of having America’s First Urban Refuge in our backyard. What a gem! Did you know that FOHR membership dues and donations directly support events and activities that help to fund the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge?

The Refuge has so much to offer throughout the year. Perhaps you’ve enjoyed some of the many events and activities offered, such as the Philly Fall Nature Fest, bird and plant walks, or the Groundhog Day Festival. Perhaps you’ve enjoyed the wildlife that calls Heinz Refuge home. But have you thought about giving back to the Refuge either through a monetary donation to FOHR or a volunteer effort?

It’s not too late! We know how easy it is to get caught up in our daily lives, especially around the holidays. Luckily, becoming a member of FOHR takes less than 5 minutes and is very affordable! You can support Heinz Refuge by visiting our website at to become a member now.

Of course, we gratefully accept donations of any denomination. Visit our website at to donate. We understand that everyone’s financial situation is unique, and encourage you to donate in the amount that is right for you.

Join the movement on #GivingTuesday – November 29th.  We have Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now Giving Tuesday.  Let’s give back to our community, that day or any day - every little bit helps!

Not everyone who enjoys what the Refuge has to offer is able to make a monetary gift. Would you like to give the gift of your time instead? There are so many ways to volunteer! This year FOHR has a need for volunteers who are able to assist with a variety of activities. From planning our 20th Anniversary Celebration to volunteering in our store - the ideas are limitless, but we need your help to give these ideas wings.

If you would like to volunteer to help with a specific event, activity or committee, please email us at Someone will get back to you soon with details of how giving some of your time will help to make a meaningful impact on the Refuge.

You and your support are what makes the Friends of Heinz Refuge a stronger advocate for the Refuge. If each person contributes a little bit, together we accomplish so much. Happy FriendsThank you in advance for taking the time out of your busy day to become a member, a volunteer, or both!

Thank you for your gift for wildlife!


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 (FOHR) are excited to announce that we have created a new Field Trip Busing Grant Program through which area teachers and schools may request funding assistance to cover some or all of the busing costs associated with student field trips. Beginning with the commencement of the school year 2014-2015, we invite area teachers to download the the application. After the form has been completed, including all the required signatures, it can be submitted to us either by mail: PO Box 333, Folcroft, PA 19032-0333 (Attention Education Committee), or through our website email – Please note that part of the application process requires teachers to contact the refuge for additional instructions and to reserve their trip date. FOHR’s education committee will meet monthly and will review then, with notice of grant approvals being sent immediately after approval.




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