Volunteers at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge provide their skills and energy to reforestation efforts, refuge clean-up projects, educational programs, maintenance of public facilities, trail construction, office work, special events and wildlife monitoring. We invite you to learn from first hand experiences. By volunteering you'll gain knowledge about the refuge, its purpose and prospects for the future and beyond. Become involved; share our vision of wildlife, natural landscapes and quality of life for the people of Minnesota. Should you choose to share your talents here, your opportunities will be limited only by your time and ambition. The Refuge is a tremendous resource both locally and nationally to migrating birds, animals, plants, and the people in the surrounding communities. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the refuge office at 218-768-2402.
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Mille Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, which is managed by Rice Lake NWR, is the smallest refuge in the NWR system. It also hosts one of only five common tern breeding colonies in Minnesota. This year Mille Lacs NWR is "terning" 100 and you're invited to our centennial celebration on Friday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Father Hennepin State Park.