Ways to Get Involved

Get involved at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery through volunteer opportunities or by becoming a member of Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Inc.

We also have programs for children that foster an interest in biology, fishing, and conservation through our Biologist in Training and Junior Ranger programs.


Volunteer Wayne Allan helps visitors in the Friends gift shop at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Kentucky.



Wolf Creek NFH relies heavily on volunteers to maintain facilities and provide services. Here, the contributions of volunteers are equivalent to nearly six additional full time employees per year.

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Wolf Creek NFH–whether that’s assisting in the Visitor Center or helping with fish production, volunteering during special events, or becoming a resident work camper.

We rely on work camping volunteers to staff and maintain our Center and assist in outreach activities year-round. Minimum three month commitment preferred.

In exchange for 20-27 hours/person/week (summer) and 18-24 hours/person/week (winter), volunteers receive a full hook-up campsite on a large, level, gravel lot, with fire pit and picnic table, onsite laundry, and limited Wi-Fi. Propane provided during winter.

Work camping volunteer duties include: serving as point of contact for visitors–answering questions/providing assistance; leading tours and helping with field trips; caring for live education animals; performing day-to-day operation of educational/visitors center gift shop; stocking brochures and handouts; cleaning educational/visitor center including restrooms; performing minor maintenance; helping to plan special events, workshops and other outreach programs.

Wolf Creek NFH sets in the Cumberland River valley, just below Wolf Creek Dam on Lake Cumberland. This area boasts stunning scenic views and offers plentiful wildlife observation opportunities. With Lake Cumberland, the Cumberland River, and Hatchery Creek in your backyard, it’s certainly an angler’s paradise. Nestled in the south central hills of Kentucky, this location proves to be central to many regional features including other federal and state lands, as well as private attractions, providing ample opportunity for day trips during your down time.


Marsha Hart


Volunteer Opportunities

Join the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service volunteer team at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Visitor/Environmental Education Center! We are currently seeking 2-person teams to help staff our Center and assist in our outreach activities for January 2025-June 2025. 3 month minimum preferred....
Join the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service volunteer team at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Visitor/Environmental Education Center! We are currently seeking 2-person teams to help staff our Center and assist in our outreach activities for July 2024-December 2024. 3 month minimum preferred....

Our Partners


Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc.  is a 501©(3) non-profit organization formed in 2005. The friends group provides a number of services for the community including:

  • Plan, sponsor, and carry out four fishing events a year for children, seniors, and veterans;
  • raise money to help the hatchery promote a better understanding and appreciation of the natural history, resources, and habitat of Kentucky;
  • provide a scholarship to one Russell County High School senior wanting to major in fields of conservation of natural resources/environmental science in college; and
  • sponsor several local students in the 4th-6th grades to attend conservation camp at Camp Earl Wallace.

Contact Wolf Creek NFH to learn more or to become a member: friendsofwolfcreeknfh@gmail.com, or (270) 343-3797.

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Education Programs

Junior Ranger Program

No matter who you are or where you live, fishing is a great way to spend time outdoors with friends and family. For safe and enjoyable fishing trips, visit national fish hatcheries, national parks and national wildlife refuges. It you’re ready to learn, explore and have fun, fishing is for you.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service created a Junior Ranger program about fishing. Junior rangers are typically between the ages of 5 and 13, but anyone can participate. Learn about the basics of fishing. Then plan an exciting trip to a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

Learn more about national wildlife refuge
, national park or national fish hatchery that offers great fishing opportunities.

For more information about the Junior Ranger Program at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and how children can earn a Junior Ranger badge and receive it on-site or by mail, please contact Environmental Education/Outreach Specialist Marsha Hart

Junior Ranger Activity Book
Kids can earn a Junior Ranger badge