Refuge volunteers are vital to the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge mission. Volunteers contribute hundreds of hours each year to help meet this mission through monitoring bird populations, leading school groups, maintaining trails, taking photos, helping in the office and repairing equipment and facilities. No special skills are needed to be a Refuge volunteer. If you have a desire to help, we need you. We hope you'll join us! The best way to find out about current volunteer opportunities is to contact the Refuge.
To become a volunteer email TwoRivers@fws.gov or call 618-883-2524.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:
Call 618-883-2524 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for an event or activity
Ongoing Volunteer Roles:
Weekend Visitor Center Host:
Weekend volunteer hosts are an important part of the refuge staff. They welcome
visitors and answer questions to help guide visitors to have the best
experience at the refuge possible. Without these hosts we wouldn’t be able to
have the visitor center open as often for our weekend visitors. If you like to
work with people this job is for you. Hosts are especially needed on weekends
Scout Guide: We provide as many programs for
scouts as possible but it’s not easy with a small visitor services staff of 1.
If you like to teach children and have fun, sign up to lead hikes with scouts.
If you feel like you don’t know everything the scouts will ask, don’t worry.
We’ll provide all the training and resources you need to help them find the
answers to their questions.
Nature Interpreter: If you already have a love for the
outdoors chances are you have something to share with visitors. Help provide
weekend programs for families by taking the training to become a Nature
Interpreter. Some programs include Spring Frog Walk, Story Hour, Eagle Watching
Tours, Earth Day Activity leader, Animal Tracking, “Duck, Duck, Who?” and more.
Native Garden Care Taker: Two beautiful native flower beds were
planted by the Great Rivers Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society. Help keep
the weeds out of these gardens and learn your native flowers.
Photographer: People love seeing beautiful
photographs of the wildlife at the refuge. Help capture and share some wildlife
moments with other visitors and Facebook followers.
Bird Count Assistant: Learn to identify
and count the thousands of birds that use the refuge as a stop over during migration. Our expert biologists will help you fine tune
your bird identification skills and teach you how to estimate the number of
birds at the refuge.
Flood Clean Up Crew: After a flood unsightly debris is left behind including plastic barrels, tires, styrofoam, and milk jugs. Help remove these things from the river bottoms to keep the refuge habitat clean.
Refuge Open House: We hold an open house annually in October to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week. Activities generally include kids crafts, refuge tours, a photo exhibit and live bird presentation by TreeHouse Wildlife Center.
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Management efforts of the US Fish and Wildlife Service have brought this majestic bird back from the brink of extinction. Bald eagles can been seen in winter at Two Rivers NWR and through out the confluence area.