This 18,463 acre Refuge, established in 1966, takes a lot of work to
maintain. We depend on volunteers to help in many ways. At Flint Hills, a
Volunteer is anyone who assists the Refuge staff with projects, daily tasks, or
programs. We can help to build a Volunteering experience around you and your
needs and wants. Volunteers commute from local communities to help at
Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge. Please contact the Refuge office for volunteer opportunities at 620-392-5553.
Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge features many public special events annually, in all seasons. Some
events that take place annually at the Refuge include special youth hunts, duck and dove. Others, Eagle Day, often change from year-to-year and offer
exciting new ways to explore and experience the Refuge and the American Bald Eagles that call the Refuge home during the winter months. All are family-oriented
and most offer opportunities for hands-on activities.
Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge annually recruits high school students age
15 through 18 for summer employment in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC).
Projects may include trail building and repair, improving wildlife habitat,
posting boundary signs, invasive plant control, monitoring wildlife, simple
construction, office work and general maintenance activities as needed.
Enrollees will work mostly outdoors and be subject to summer heat and biting
The program begins each year in early summer and lasts approximately eight
weeks. Students will work 30 hours per week, Tuesday- Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and Friday, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Local high schools receive the Job announcement and students are encouraged to check with their schools if interested. Participants are selected through a random drawing of all applicants.
YCC Application (fillable pdf): YCC Application
We are currently looking for landowners interested in participating or learning more about the Legacy Conservation Easement Program, contact Refuge Manager Jack Bohannan at 620-392-5553x103.