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Volunteer at Blackwater
Blackwater NWR receives over 180,000 visitors from all over the world each year. Visitors come to Blackwater NWR to view wildlife, hike trails, paddle waterways, enjoy the scenic landscapes, and more. From the majestic bald eagles to the endangered Delmarva fox squirrels, wildlife at Blackwater NWR is a star attraction. If you value these magnificent natural resources, like meeting new people, and enjoy learning new skills and sharing your talents, Blackwater NWR can use your help.
Volunteers are involved in all aspects of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, and play a critical role in helping the refuge fulfill its mission. Volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of programs, including staffing the information desk at the Visitor Center, the Friends of Blackwater Eagle's Nest Bookstore, and the research library, as well as assisting with environmental education programs, biological surveys and monitoring, special events, trail and facility maintenance, interpretive programs, gardening, outreach, and much more. Whether you can work once a week, once a month, or once a year, your service is welcomed and needed!
If you are interested in becoming a Blackwater NWR volunteer, please contact Michele Whitbeck at 410-901-6124 ext. 23 or Michele_Whitbeck@fws.gov. Come help make the refuge a better place for wildlife and people alike.
Friends of Blackwater
Another way to help Blackwater Refuge is to become a member of the Friends of Blackwater. The Friends are a nonprofit citizens support group that raises money for Blackwater Refuge through their gift shop at the Refuge (as well as other activities such as open houses, grants, and the hunt program) and uses the funds to finance various educational, interpretive, and wildlife-oriented recreational programs at Blackwater that are not funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service due to shrinking federal budgets. In 2003, the Friends of Blackwater were named the Refuge System "Friends Group of the Year," and many projects at the Refuge could not be accomplished without the financial assistance and volunteer labor of the Friends.
Each year the Friends thank their volunteers with special members' events, volunteer recognition dinners, field trips, and other activities to show appreciation for all the outstanding work they do.
The Friends of Blackwater have members from all over the United States, but most of the working members are also volunteers from the local area. Everyone is invited to attend their monthly meetings, usually the third Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. in the visitor center conference room. Visit the Friends page on this website for more information or visit the Friends of Blackwater website for details about the organization, membership, and the Friends' work at the Refuge.