Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Spicebush swallowtail butterflies on butterfly weed, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Red raspberry slime, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Dragonfly on great mullein, photo by Leor Veleanu
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Trumpet vine with ants, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Female wood duck eating duckweed in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Eastern cottontail rabbits, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Musk thistle, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Spiky bog moss, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Eastern painted turtle, photo by Leor Veleanu
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Eastern worm snake, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo

Unexpected Wildlife Refuge is a protected natural habitat comprising 767 acres of pristine pine lands, forest, fields and bogs. It provides a refuge to animals and plants indigenous to southern New Jersey; a place where wildlife can live freely and naturally without fear of being harmed at the hands of human beings. We began as the home of Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci and Cavit Buyukmihci, who dedicated their land to habitat preservation so that native wildlife and habitat could thrive. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity, federal ID 23-7025010.
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Beavers in one of Refuge's wetlands area, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo

Visiting Unexpected Wildlife Refuge

Visitation by appointment only

To schedule a visit:

Please review our visitor guidelines below. Our guided tours can cover some of or all the ten miles of trails that wind through the Refuge property. Educational and reference materials are available to visitors at the Nature Center. Except for the trails, the land is left essentially undisturbed so that animals and plants can thrive based on habitat and food suitability dictated by nature. Bluebirds, a favorite of our founders, nest in the Refuge, some of whom winter over, feeding on cedar berries deep in the swamps. Beavers are much celebrated inhabitants, but usually only can be seen at dusk or dawn.

Visitor guidelines