John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is America's First Urban Refuge and was established in 1972 for the purpose of preserving , restoring and developing a natural area known as Tinicum Marsh.
John Heinz Wildlife Refuge is made up of 1,200 acres, which consist of over 10 miles of hiking trails, 4.5 miles of tidal marshes for Canoeing or Kayaking and an Environmental Center with plenty of parking. The diverse ecosystem of old fields, woods, streams and tidal marshes allows the refuge for numerous wildlife habitats.
The refuge has been designated as an important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Binoculars are available to borrow at the visitors center front desk . This is free of charge and must be returned to the visitor center by 3:30.
The refuge is a green respite nestled within the urban setting of the city of Philadelphia. Refuge lands are a thriving sanctuary teeming with a rich diversity of fish, wildlife, and plants native to the Delaware Estuary.