Refuge Friends Your Place to Connect with Wildlife and People
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. There are now more than 200 Friends groups, with about 10 new organizations created each year. Some support a single refuge while others are connected to a refuge complex or an entire state.
Friends organizations are crucial to the collective mission of the Refuge System to conserve and protect the wildlife of this great nation. Friends organizations are essential to helping millions of Americans understand that their actions today determine the legacy we leave for tomorrow. Click "Find a Friend" on the left to locate a Friends organization near you.
News and Information
New Fact Sheet:
The National Environmental Education Foundation Program (NEEF) is offering another round of Every Day EVENT Grants to Friends organizations. 25 Friends organizations will be awarded up to $2000 each to hold a minimum of three recreational, educational and/or volunteer-based events to engage their community at their public land site. Proposal deadline is December 18.
Hurricane Sandy Grants
The Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grants Program will award more than $100 million in grants throughout the region affected by Hurricane Sandy including Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia—the states that officially declared a natural disaster as a result of the storm event. Grants will be awarded to projects that assess, restore, enhance or create wetlands, beaches and other natural systems to help better protect communities and to mitigate the impacts of future storms and naturally occurring events on fish and wildlife species and habitats. Deadline is January 31 for these grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Application plus educational workshops and webinars at http://www.nfwf.org/hurricanesandy/Pages/2013rfp.aspx.