Close to 38,000 people volunteer with the US Fish and Wildlife Service annually. Wouldn't you like to be one of those individuals who help to conserve, manage, or protect our nation’s natural resources? Get involved by volunteering at one of your local National Wildlife Refuges and help us to protect some of America's greatest national treasures.
What do Mason Neck Volunteers do?
Volunteers help maintain the refuge and support wildlife management. Assignments include:
How much time is required?
You determine your own volunteer time. Volunteers may help a few hours a week or month, during a particular season, or year round.
Who may volunteer?
No special skills are needed to be a refuge volunteer. However, some opportunities may require on-the-job training. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
Where do I start?
Contact the Visitor Services Staff:
Rosalind Wu, Visitor Services Managerphone: 703-490-4979 x 2016 e-mail: Rosalind_Wu@fws.gov
The Friends of the Potomac River Refuges (FOPRR) was founded in 2002 as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization to promote conservation, awareness, and appreciation of the wildlife and habitats of the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex and to provide assistance to refuge programs. What does FOPRR do? Members assist refuge staff with organizing and staffing events. Serve as advocates for the Potomac River Refuges and the National Wildlife Refuge System. Assist with refuge community awareness, outreach, and conservation efforts. And support opportunities to take action in preserving the wildlife in our community. To find out more about FOPRR visit www.foprr.org.
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In the early 1960’s a developer sought out land on Mason Neck to build a planned community and airport. Elizabeth van Laer Speer Hartwell, a local resident, who valued the pristine nature of the peninsula, organized an effort to stop this development. She recognized the potential of the Mason Neck peninsula as a safe haven for the endangered bald eagles along the Potomac River.