Event Calendar for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in Dorchester County near the town of Cambridge, Maryland. Local events in town can impact the traffic on roads around and in Blackwater NWR (such as the Ironman Maryland triathlon). If you're planning a visit and you'd like to learn more about local events, see Visit Dorchester: Upcoming Events.

If you need directions to Blackwater NWR, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Date Event
02/10/18: Bird Walk 8 a.m. with Terry Allen (meet at the Visitor Center)
02/17/18: Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. 9am. Visitor Center. Public is invited to view the judging of the Maryland entries in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.
02/19/18: No fee for Wildlife Drive, President's Day
02/25/18: Bird Walk 8 a.m. with Harry Armistead (meet at the Visitor Center)
03/15/18: Application deadline for college scholarship submission.
03/17/18: Blackwater's 18th Annual Eagle Festival. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitor Center. Experience live eagle and other birds of prey programs, Eagle Prowls and Wildlife Drive tours, programs for kids, wildlife exhibits, live bird exhibits, and food all day!
03/25/18: Bird Walk 8 a.m. with Harry Armistead (meet at the Visitor Center)
04/29/18: Bird Walk 8 a.m. with Harry Armistead (meet at the Visitor Center)
05/12/18: Bird Walk 8 a.m. with Terry Allen (meet at the Visitor Center)
06/02/18: Blackwater's 16th Annual Youth Fishing Fun Day. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hog Range Pond (adjacent to Harriet Tubman UGRR State Park). Fishing event for youths 15 and under; gifts, food, photos, fishing help and lots of fun!
09/8-9/18: The Wild Goose Chase Women's Bicycle Ride in and around Blackwater NWR. Visit the WGC page for schedule and registration information.
09/22/18: Litter Pickup for National Public Lands Day. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter on the Refuge. Meet at the Visitor Center. Call 410-221-8156 for more information.
09/22/18: No fee for Wildlife Drive, National Public Lands Day
10/14/18: No fee for Wildlife Drive, "Refuge Week" kickoff
10/20/18: Friends of Blackwater Annual Meeting. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Public is welcome (meet at Visitor Center).
10/28/18: Bird Walk 8 a.m. with Harry Armistead (meet at the Visitor Center)
11/11/18: No fee for Wildlife Drive, Veterans Day
11/25/18: Bird Walk 8 a.m. with Harry Armistead (meet at the Visitor Center)
12/02/18: Bird Walk 8 a.m. with Harry Armistead (meet at the Visitor Center)
All December 10% off your entire purchase at the Eagle's Nest Book and Gift Shop at the Blackwater NWR Visitor Center! Friends members get 20% off!

*Note: Bird walks and nature walks at Blackwater are free and meet at the Blackwater NWR Visitor Center. For more information, call 410-228-2677 or email

For schedules of events at Mid-Atlantic national wildlife refuges, you may visit: