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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.





The Friends of Heinz Refuge (FOHR) Photo Group announces its 15th Annual Nature Photography Contest. Images may be of any nature subject found at the refuge. No domestic animals, pets, or ornamental flora. Limit 3 entries per person. You are welcome to submit the maximum three entries however each individual will only be eligible for one award, excluding the Bill Buchanan Best of Heinz Award.

All entries will be displayed at the refuge in a Photo Contest Exhibition running from September 5, 2016. Prize winners will be announced on October 1, 2016 during the “Philly Fall Nature Fest.” Visitors to the Refuge will have the opportunity to vote for a People’s Choice Award during the two weeks leading up to the Festival.

Entries may be dropped off at the refuge visitor center between 8:30am-3:45pm. Make checks payable to “FOHR Tinicum”; cash must be exact amount. Late, damaged or previous winning photographs will not be accepted. Improperly sized or mounted photos will not be submitted to the juror. All cash prizes must be claimed at the refuge within 30 days of the Festival. Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 2, 2016 at 3:30pm for ALL entries. Proceeds will benefit FOHR for refuge projects. FOHR is a nonprofit, tax exempt, 501 (c)(3) association founded in 1997 to assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in carrying out its educational, interpretive, and public use missions.

Attach this form to the back of each print submitted. Do not staple. Please print.




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 2015 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 Refgue.







FOHR mailing address: PO Box 333, Folcroft PA 19032-0333.

Heinz Refuge address: 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia PA 19153.

Telephone: (215) 365-3118