Wild Places

The United States is blessed with a great variety of awe-inspiring landscapes from coast to coast. National Wildlife Federation is working to protect these extraordinary places that are critical to the survival of America's wildlife.

Explore some of America's amazing wild places:



The Arctic is a region of extremes: extreme cold, extreme seasonal changes in daylight, and extreme winds. It sits at the top of world, covered in sea ice--a seemingly unwelcome place for life. Find out more about the Arctic >>

Bristol Bay

Bristol Bay

The Bristol Bay region in southwest Alaska--covering 40,000 square miles--is pristine wild country stretching across tundra and wetlands, crisscrossed with rivers that flow into the Bay. Find out more about the Bristol bay >>

Charles M Russell

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1936 by President Roosevelt, the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (CMR) is considered by many to be the crown jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge system. Find out more about Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge >>


Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. It runs north-south from the mouth of the Susquehanna River to the Atlantic Ocean. Find out more about the Chesapeake Bay >>

Ever Glades


The Everglades is a two million acre wetland ecosystem that reaches from central Florida, near Orlando, all the way south to Florida Bay. Find out more about the Everglades >>

Great Lakes

Great Lakes

The Great Lakes--Michigan, Superior, Huron, Erie, and Ontario--form the largest surface freshwater system in the world. Together, they hold nearly one-fifth of the earth's surface freshwater. Find out more about the Great Lakes >>


Mississippi River Delta

About 40 percent of the coastal wetlands in the lower 48 states are found in the Mississippi River Delta in Louisiana. Find out more about the Mississippi River Delta >>

Northern Forrest

Northern Forest

The Northern Forest is one of the nation's great forest landscapes, well known for its charismatic wildlife, breath-taking autumn foliage and outdoor recreational opportunities. Find out more about the Northern Forest >>

Platte River

Platte River

Each spring, the skies over Nebraska's Platte River fill with birdcalls. Ten million ducks and geese, half a million sandhill cranes, and many other birds--big and small--fly in to eat and rest during the long migration to their northern breeding grounds. Find out more about the Platte River >>

Prairie Potholes

Prairie Potholes

Sweeping across five Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces, North America's prairie potholes are an important habitat and natural resource of the Great Plains grasslands. Find out more about the Prairie Potholes >>


Puget Sound

The Puget Sound is the second largest estuary in the United States. Its numerous glacier-carved channels and branches are fed by freshwater from over 10,000 rivers and streams. Find out more about the Puget Sound >>

Red Desert

Red Desert

The Red Desert of southern Wyoming is one of the last high-desert ecosystems in North America. Its varied landscape of buttes, dunes, sagebrush steppe, mountains and rocky pinnacles is home to some of the continents most hidden treasures. Find out more about the Red Desert >>

Red River

Red River of the North

The Red River of the North (Red River), in part, forms the boundary between North Dakota and Minnesota. The river flows north through the Red River Valley and empties into Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Find out more about the Red River of the North >>



Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first National Park. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Find out more about Yellowstone >>

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