National Wildlife Refuge System

Get Out and Give Back: Volunteer Vacations

Volunteer Retha Highley celebrates completion of the trail project at Sunkhaze Refuge, ME, in summer 2012.
Credit: USFWS

Consider getting away and giving back for a summer vacation in 2013.  Several national wildlife refuges partner with the American Hiking Society to offer Volunteer Vacations.

Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge, ME, joined the call for volunteers in 2012. Eight people came for a week to rebuild the Carter Meadow overlook platform, adjust the wobble out of an elevated boardwalk and create a new cedar plant boardwalk.

In 2013, these refuges are offering Volunteer Vacations. These one-week vacations typically offer accommodations in tents, cabins or dormitories with group cooking facilities available:

A crew of eight volunteers worked on trails and a boardwalk at Sunkhaze Refuge, ME, in summer 2012.
Credit: USFWS

Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge, LA (April 21 – 27) – Volunteers will raise a 100-foot section of a walking trail.

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, WV  (July 21 – 27) – Volunteers will create a new connection between the Cabin Mountain Trail and the Dolly Sods Wilderness.

Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, ME (September 29 – October 5) – Volunteers will trim eight miles of wilderness trails in a scenic spruce/fur forest.

There are opportunities to volunteer year-round on many refuges. Many are seeking volunteers willing to live and work for a short time on a refuge; these resident volunteers may stay in their own recreational vehicle or use refuge or fish hatchery housing. Check out the current resident volunteer opportunities.

Last updated: December 14, 2012