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 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex or an entire state. Friends members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.
More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Volunteers are an important component of the refuge's success. They work alongside refuge staff contributing to interpretive programs and events, environmental education programs, office assistance, wildlife management activities and a variety of maintenance duties.
The remote location of the refuge offers some unique volunteering opportunities. If you have special skills such as plumbing, electrical, or carpentry, the refuge may be able to use you. Also, hand removal of invasive vegetation is needed on a regular basis. These duties often require a few days stay on the islands, sometimes up to a week or more. Other duties may involve helping to transport supplies to and from marinas. Please contact us for more information or to volunteer.
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Some of Farallon NWR's islands have been designated as Wilderness. Join us as we commemorate the historic act with the Oceanic Society, San Francisco Whale Tours, and the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society this summer by offering reduced rate boat tours.