Fisheries, Midwest Region
Conserving America's Fisheries

Volunteers help our hatchery succeed

Volunteer Information

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.

Special Events

Jordan River NFH hosts several onsite public events annually. Each October, the staff in cooperation with the hatchery Friends Group, hosts the Jordan River Valley Festival. The hatchery also hosts a mid-winter “Bean Pot” in February for local outdoor enthusiasts. These events draw upwards of several thousand visitors annually and are a highlight of our onsite public programs. Volunteers are always welcome and needed for these events. Please contact the hatchery for specific dates and times, (231) 584-2461.

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.

The Friends of the Jordan River National Fish Hatchery are a dedicated group of volunteers that assist the hatchery with a wide range of projects. From helping with fish culture operations, carrying out kids fishing day events, to representing the station to congressional staff, this group of outstanding citizens greatly enhances the effectiveness of this U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service facility. Everyone is welcome to join this free, active, public service oriented group. Meetings are held the second Monday of every month at the hatchery. For more information contact Hatchery Manager Roger Gordon at (231) 584-2461 or

Partner Information

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 forming partnerships to implement on-the-ground conservation projects that protect and enhance fish and other aquatic resources and provide angling opportunities to the public.

Last updated: June 24, 2013