Friends and Volunteers
Do you have a favorite National Wildlife Refuge or (Fish Hatchery)? Did you ever wonder how you could get more involved or demonstrate your support for a refuge or hatchery?
There are over 50 Friends groups in the Northeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These groups are private non-profit organizations formed and managed by local citizens to support the mission of a refuge and advocate for their local refuge and the National Wildlife Refuge System. The work these groups do is invaluable to our wildlife mission as well as the public activities that take place on refuges, fish hatcheries and other FWS stations.
Friends members enjoy a variety of benefits depending on the group. Benefits include interacting with other people who share a common interest in wildlife and conservation; opportunities to learn more about refuge management and conservation practices; discounts at the group’s gift shop and, possibly, at other gift shops as well; and, notification of upcoming Friends and refuge events.
To find out if your favorite refuge or fish hatchery has a Friends group or to start one, contact the Regional Friends Coordinator, Julie Study.
For additional information on friends groups across the country, please click here.
With close to 5,000 volunteers contributing in excess of 66,000 hours in the Northeast region, volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks. Some work full-time, some just a few hours a week or month. Still others volunteer during particular seasons of the year or help out with a favorite special event.
What do volunteers do?
Generally, no special skills are required to be a volunteer. Any on-the-job training is provided if needed. Individual talents and skills are matched with volunteer interests and work opportunities.
You may also contact the regional volunteer coordinator, Julie Study.