Training Programs for Friends

Moving Friends Forward!, Training Announcement, January 22-24, 2016

2016 Friends Academy August 8-12, 2016

The National Wildlife Refuge System offers valuable training courses for Friends, volunteers, and the Service staff who work with them through the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

This customized course is designed for leaders on the boards of Friends organizations interested in having a broader understanding of the National Wildlife Refuge System and improving the effectiveness of Friends partnerships with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sites.

    Upon completion of this 5 day course, you will be able to:  

  • Outline the basic organizational structure for the National Wildlife Refuge System and identify programs and staff working with Friends partnerships;
  • Employ three new strategies or skills to build effective relationships with Service staff and board members within the Friends/Service partnership;
  • Implement new strategies to enhance the sustainability of your board, and membership and volunteer programs;
  • Identify and utilize resources or tools, and where to locate them, that can help you increase the effectiveness of your Friends organization
  • Utilize Friend to Friend relationships for the purpose of sharing successes and increasing your effectiveness as a Friends leader; and
  • Describe broader roles Friends can play in protecting, enhancing and expanding the National Wildlife Refuge System.

For more information, contact the National Friends Coordinator, Joanna Webb at 703-358-2392 or email

Friends Academy Application (387 KB PDF)

Friends Academy 2011
Friends Academy 2011
Credit: Joanna Webb


Webinars specific to Friends organizations are periodically hosted by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) and are available for viewing online from NEEF's webinars page.