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Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

October 25, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous

Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program to better serve our increasingly diverse and urbanizing nation. With more than 80% of Americans now living in urban areas, we are spending more time indoors and becoming increasingly disconnected from nature.  

The Urban Wildlife Conservation Program strives to raise awareness of wildlife conservation and the National Wildlife Refuge System among Americans who have fewer opportunities to experience and enjoy these public lands and the wildlife who live there.    

The future success of conservation lies in the ability to connect new generations and historically underrepresented communities to conservation and empower local organizations, cities, and towns across the country to seek innovative community-based solutions for wildlife conservation. 

Learn more about the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program  

Locate a National Wildlife Refuge near you  (There is a National Wildlife Refuge located within a one-hour drive of nearly every metropolitan area.)

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About us

AREA members participate in a national effort toward angler and aquatic education, angler R3, outreach, resource conservation, research, program evaluation, and similar functions related to aquatic education and angler R3 programs. AREA members can participate in the national biennial conference and regional meetings / updates.

Find us

Look at the AREA listing for your Regional Representative.

For payment assistance, contact Treasurer Sarah Chabaane, Phone: 803-737-8483, Email:

For member assistance, contact Member Support,  Carol Paterick, Phone: 301-805-0784,

Become a member

By joining AREA, you have direct access to national, regional, and local levels of support and expertise. You will have opportunities to participate in conferences and seminars and enjoy daily dialogue with aquatic scientists and leaders from all walks of life.  AREA members share professional experience; and members are able to get in on the ground floor of innovations in aquatic and angler education and angler R3.
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