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. Volunteers play an important role in fulfilling the mission of conserving, protecting, and enhancing America's fish and wildlife and their habitats. Volunteers conduct bird surveys, restore habitat, lead tours, provide information to visitors, observe and photograph wildlife, maintain visitor facilities, and much more.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. JOIN THE FRIENDS GROUP! Audubon Refuge Partners, Inc., is a group of volunteers that provide support to the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex. These volunteers assist the refuge staff by providing wildlife-oriented environmental education, interpretation, and recreational experiences for adults and youth. The group also manages the Prairie Pond Store, located in the visitor center. For more information, please download the Audubon Refuge Partners, Inc. brochure.
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‘There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot. Like winds and sunset, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them.’ -Aldo Leopold