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!
Sun., August 14, 2022
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Crystal Lake Main Beach
300 Lakeshore Dr., Crystal Lake, IL
Migrate to the beach for the afternoon to enjoy this Free Event, and learn all about Monarchs.
Tues., Sept. 13, 2022
Time: 6:30- 8:00 PM
George Williams College of Aurora University
350 Constance Blvd., Williams Bay, WI 53191
Are you ready to be inspired? Chad Pregracke, 2013 CNN Hero of the Year, is living proof that one person can make a difference. Join us for a special Fall Gathering . . .
Tue., Nov. 8, 2022
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
401 Country Club Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL
Friends, mark your calendars! Preparation is underway for an amazing 10-year celebration of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.
Our event will be held at The Dole in Crystal Lake . . .
Accepting Submissions May 2022 – Oct. 1, 2022
Artist from ages 4 – adult are welcome to create artwork that reflects the NATURE of our area. All media are accepted, including written work and poetry. The show will be on display at the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake, IL.