From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources.
More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century. Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources.
The refuge may have seasonal projects that provide opportunities for volunteers to make a meaningful contribution to the refuge system. Volunteers at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge assist with building nesting structures, invasive species control, developing educational exhibits or events. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the refuge at 309-535-2290 or email IllinoisRiver@fws.gov.
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