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Volunteers and Invasive Plants: Learning and Lending a Hand

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Volunteers In Action

Volunteer Voices

Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth
is finished: if you are alive, it isn’t.

– Richard Bach, Author

TYPES OF VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers come in a variety of ages, physical abilities and experience levels. An individual who enjoys hiking refuge trails or bird watching may want to give something back to the place where they recreate. Friends groups or other groups organize volunteers and volunteer events. Some refuges offer internships for those that are looking for something interesting to do during their summer vacation or upon completing college.

Regardless of the type of volunteer, they all have something in common: volunteers want to help protect the natural and cultural resources of refuges.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Volunteers speak better on volunteering than anyone else. Find out what volunteers around the country have to say about their experience. Why do they do it? What do they get out of it? What challenges do they face?

INDIVIDUALS

 

FRIENDS GROUPS

 

INTERNS

Minnesota Valley NWR
Photo of volunteer Steve Sutter staffing the information desk.
 
Friends of Alaska Refuges
Photo of Friends of Alaska Wildlife Refuges pulling weeds.
 
Bon Secour NWR
Photo of volunteer Rachel Eustis clearing Chinese tallow.
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Photo of video player for video of a volunteer at Eastern Neck NWR, Maryland.
       

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Find out about volunteering by contacting a refuge in your area or a Friends group.