We are the Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. We are a non-profit organization that serves to conserve & enhance the natural and cultural resources, rural character and scenic beauty of the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge and to connect people to these resources.
The Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge was first established by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 2012. The Refuge is located in McHenry County, IL and Walworth County, WI. The boundary employs a Cores and Corridors concept for wildlife preservation with a focus on migratory and grassland birds.
Exercise, fresh air, good company, and improving the quality of Hackmatack lands . . .it’s a great combination! See our Stewardship page for more information.
There are many ways to Support the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. Find our more about how you can be involved in our mission to conserve.
We are celebrating 10 years in 2022!
On November 6, 2012 Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge was officially established. So we will be celebrating Hackmatack NWR this whole year, leading up to its 10th birthday in the fall. Stay tuned as we add special events and special features to our website and social media to mark the first decade of the national wildlife refuge that the Friends helped bring to our own backyard!
Friends of Hackmatack NWR is celebrating the 10th year of our bi-state refuge, located in Walworth, WI and McHenry, IL counties. The show will be held at the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake, IL in November, 2022. Calling artist of all ages, from Student (age 4) to Adults...
Saturday, May 14, 2022 8:00 am -10:00 am Learn all about birds at this free event. During this 2-hour event, adults and children can take a guided bird walk through the site's woods and prairie. Fun activities to learn about how birds make use of refuge lands will be...
Mark your calendars for the 10-Year Hackmatack NWR Annual Meeting Celebration! November 8, 2022 Gala Members Celebration & Art Show Dole Mansion/Lakeside Center Crystal Lake, IL We want your art! Bookmark The Nature of Hackmatack to view the most current updates...