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Help Puddles purchase a shuttle so that all can enjoy the Refuge!

$39,744 raised

$27,000 goal

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Over the past few years Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge has been focused on the accessibility of our refuge complex. It is our belief that all should have equitable access to outdoor recreation experiences as we support the refuge’s mission to preserve land and water for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. You can help us achieve this belief.

Because of YOUR generous support, Friends of Ottawa NWR has created:

  • an ADA compliant kayak launch at the Nehls Memorial Nature Preserve
  • improved gravel lots at several satellite properties to include accessible parking
  • accessible observation platforms
  • pull-offs on the Wildlife Drive
  • an accessible fishing access near the Visitor Center
  • hosted a successful veteran and disabled angler event
  • building an ADA compliant section of trail on the new Fox Nature Preserve in 2022
  • building an accessible pavilion at the Nehls Memorial Nature Preserve on Catawba Island in 2022

360,000 visitors each year come from far and wide to use these improvements across the complex as they watch wildlife, connect with nature, and enjoy the great outdoors. You made this happen! Thank you!!

Can you further improve access to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge? So frequently we hear visitors tell us how they used to walk all over the trails but now they have to stick to the Wildlife Drive because they just can’t walk that far.

Imagine what a game changer it would be for so many people if we could do something about that…

Together, we can! Introducing the MotoEV Electro Transit 15 Passenger Shuttle. With your support Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will purchase this electric tram which will allow volunteers to drive visitors on the hiking trails. We envision the electric tram being used during special events, for tour requests from local community groups, and during environmental education field trips to showcase a variety of habitats and wildlife. It could even be used to shuttle visitors to their favorite sections of the hiking trails where they could be dropped off and picked up on a schedule, allowing visitors to watch wildlife without worrying about the hike to get there! With your help, we can achieve the goal of access to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge!

Please consider making an investment in accessibility for outdoor recreation at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Our goal of $25,000 will allow us to purchase the electric tram and continue supporting our education, conservation, and restoration efforts at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.