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.
An important part of Neosho NFH’s success is directly related to its volunteers. Our volunteers include folks from many walks of life who are interested in making an impact. Something is going on all year round that will interest volunteers from ages 14 to 100!
Veteran's Fishing Derby
A fishing event to honor our veterans which occurs the third Saturday in March from 9:00 - 12:00. The event features free fishing for active and retired military complete with a free lunch and live music. Poles and bait provided. A fishing license is not required to participate. NO catch and release – all caught fish are cleaned and bagged for convenience.
Annual Open House
The third Saturday in April from 9:00 until 2:00. Free lunch, live music, exhibits and free trees from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Kids Fishing Derby
Always the first Friday in June for ages 7-12. Poles and bait provided. A fishing license is not required to participate. NO catch and release – all caught fish are cleaned and bagged for convenience. Groups and families – you would be wise to bring a cooler to transport your fish home in!
Senior Citizen Derby
For adults 62 and older, plus individuals of any age with a permanent disability. Takes place the second Friday in June from 9:00 to noon with free lunch provided. Poles and bait provided. A fishing license is not required to participate. NO catch and release – all caught fish are cleaned and bagged for convenience.
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.
Become part of the future by helping to preserve our fishing resources. Join the Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, a nonprofit citizens’ organization dedicated to conserving fishery resources and providing support for activities conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Neosho National Fish Hatchery. Such activities, whether independent or in cooperation with other organizations or parties, will benefit fish and other aquatic wildlife. For information, contact “Friends” president Russell Hively at 417-451-3415.
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.