The refuge is trying to grow its volunteer base, both through encouraging participation in the friends group and in working directly with interested individuals. For more information, contact the friends group and/or refuge headquarters.
Read some of the experiences of our previous volunteers:
The refuge also operates a very successful work-camping program for resident volunteers. Five campsite pads complete with water, electricity, and free propane are provided in exchange for 24 hours per week for a single volunteer or 32 hours per week for a volunteer couple. There are numerous projects to utilize your time and talents such as maintaining hiking trails, outdoor educational programs, and handyman type maintenance. Campsites are available from April through October.
For questions contact Fran Stephenson by phone at 973-702-7266 x10 or email Fran_Stephenson@fws.gov.
To apply for the RV program, send a resume with references to:
Fran StephensonWallkill River National Wildlife Refuge1547 Route 565Sussex, NJ 07461
The Friends of Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge is an independent non-profit association founded in 2006. The operations and activities are managed by an all volunteer board of directors. The purpose of the Friends of Wallkill River is to support the mission of the Refuge through promotion of environmental stewardship, biological programs, environmental education, recreational activities, land acquisition and habitat management and enhancement. For more information, visit their website or contact: email@example.com.
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The federally threatened bog turtle can be found in wetlands throughout the Wallkill River valley and the Papakating Creek Watershed. Endangered by habitat loss and poaching (the diminutive turtle is favored among illegal pet traders), this turtle is an important focus of the refuge’s conservation work. Due to their listed status, refuge public use areas are located away from sensitive bog turtle habitats.