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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.

Bayside Drive Project - The refuge is proposing to resurface and widen Bayside Wildlife Drive and create wildlife crossings for ocelots, an endangered species.  An Environmental Assessment has been prepared to evaluate the effects associated with this proposal.  The public has the opportunity to review and comment on the Environmental Assessment through October 14, 2014.  Comments may be emailed to Leo Gustafson at, please put EA/Bayside Drive in the subject line. Comments may be mailed to Leo Gustafson, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, 22817 Ocelot Rd, Los Fresnos, TX 78566.                        


Download the Environmental Assessment here.




Help collect Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle eggs, assist with ocelot research, lead nature walks, provide friendly service to visitors, maintain equipment or help organize a festival! The refuge is looking for year-round volunteers interested in helping with biological work, interpretation, education, visitor services, maintenance and administrative support.

Full RV hook up is provided for part time (24 hours per couple/32 hours single) volunteers with a minimum three month commitment. Eleven RV pads are set within this beautiful refuge and services include utilities, laundry facility and a comfortable recreation room.

“Nonresident” and local volunteers are also welcomed and needed. The refuge also has internships available throughout the year. Internships are full time and typically last about twelve weeks. Interns are provided with housing, utilities, and a stipend.

How to apply:
Contact the volunteer coordinator at (956)748-3607 or check online at to learn more about or apply for volunteer and intern opportunities at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Applications are accepted year-round.

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is located on the coast of deep South Texas. The resort area of South Padre Island is 20 miles southeast of the refuge and offers sandy beaches, shopping, gas stations, restaurants and entertainment. The City of Harlingen is about 25 miles west of the refuge and has restaurants, shopping, RV service centers, and other amenities. There are many other nature-oriented destinations in the area.

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Last Updated: Sep 19, 2014
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