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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

Our organization leads the discussions for aquatic leaders. AREA is organized for educational purposes. AREA members include representatives of State, Federal, industry, fisheries and educational professionals involved in aquatic resource education programs. The nationwide non-profit Association is created to foster, promote and encourage aquatic education.

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

Show your commitment to increase ARE effectiveness  -
  • Provide expertise regarding aquatic education issues, strategies and methodologies 
  • Provide an organized forum for discussion, deliberation, and resolution 
  • Support aquatic resource management programs 
  • Develop strategic plans for the future; provide organization and direction to AREA members 
  • Serve as a liaison between agencies, industry and state aquatic resource education coordinators
  • Promote education and wise-use management and conservation of aquatic resources and those recreational sports related to them

We invite you to browse our Web site and to support our goals by joining AREA.

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