New Film Features Local National Wildlife Refuge and Recreational Activities for Kids

The National Wildlife Refuge Association and Tandem Stills + Motion recently released a short film on the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge located in the southern part of San Francisco Bay. The film features local youth programs, such as Habitat Heroes, which provide opportunities for children to recreate, volunteer, and learn about our Bay Area environment. 


The film is one of several being created by Tandem in an ongoing collaboration with the Refuge Association to document and celebrate the importance of urban national wildlife refuges throughout the United States.

The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a 30,000-acre oasis for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds as well as endangered species. The stunning wetlands and waterways of the refuge provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the booming tech industry, and allow residents of the surrounding communities to fish, hunt, hike, explore, and view wildlife.


Since its establishment in 1972 as the first truly urban National Wildlife Refuge with dual purposes of preserving wildlife habitat and providing for wildlife-oriented recreation and nature study, it brings refuge staff together with youth in the community to foster environmental awareness and groom future environmental stewards in one of the largest and most culturally diverse urban centers in the county.


The National Wildlife Refuge System is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The Refuge Association is a nonprofit that supports the National Wildlife Refuge System through various strategic programs. The USFWS recently created an Urban Wildlife Conservation Program to engage communities around national wildlife refuges and to provide new opportunities for residents of America’s cities to learn about and take part in wildlife habitat conservation.


“These refuges are in close proximity to many of the major metropolitan areas in this country. They are a natural treasure that connect these urban communities to wildlife and wild places, and provide a variety of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, children, and families,” said filmmaker and Tandem CEO Ian Shive. “The Urban Wildlife Conservation Program is fostering a sense of appreciation for these refuges, and providing a place for the next generation of nature lovers to learn and grow.”


The film can be viewed at this link:



For more information about youth activities and the Habitat Heroes program at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, contact Environmental Education Specialist Tia Glagolev, and visit: and

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