Our volunteers are individuals who want to give back to their communities: parents who want to be good stewards of the land and set examples for their children, retired people willing to share their wealth of knowledge, concerned citizens of all ages who want to learn more about conservation, and passionate people who enjoy the outdoors and want to spread the word about America's greatest natural treasures. Please call or email this field station to learn about future volunteer opportunities.
The La Crosse Fish &Wildlife Conservation Office needs volunteers like you to help us manage our valuable fishery resource! Volunteers should be at least 15 years of age or be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers are needed to work with lake sturgeon, walleye, northern pike, Higgins' eye and winged mapleleaf mussels (endangered species), and many other species of fish and mussels. Volunteers may have the opportunity to sample populations of fish by netting, electrofishing, and fyke netting. There are also many other fulfilling projects to help with including fishing days with children and veterans, school environmental outreach events, and the annual Youth Outdoor Fest that is a joint effort with our Friends Group and La Crosse Park & Recreation. Volunteers are invited to a banquet mid-winter in appreciation for their efforts.
Friends Group Information
Volunteers have been an important part of many of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries facilities throughout the country for some time. In the past several years, volunteers began forming "friends" organizations throughout the country in support of National Fish Hatcheries, Fish Health and Technology Centers, and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices. In 2006, Congress formalized these Fisheries Friends and other volunteer efforts in support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fisheries Program by passing the National Fish Hatchery Volunteer Act.
Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Fishery Services is a public service organization dedicated to the health and preservation of natural resources of the Upper Mississippi River Region. They accomplish this through environmental advocacy through legislative, educational and media avenues, increased visibility and membership expansion to establish and grow a concerned membership, fundraising to support and promote environmental stewardship, and mentoring the next generation of environmental stewards through promotion of ecologically sustainable management and conservation.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. In turn, the Fisheries Program routinely collaborates with tribal, federal, state, local and non-profit groups to implement on-the-ground conservation projects that protect and enhance fish and other aquatic resources.