Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges serves all sixteen Alaska refuges, providing opportunities for volunteering, advocacy, and getting involved in the National Wildlife Refuge system.


Promote the stewardship of Alaska's unique national wildlife refuges through education, support, and advocacy.


Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges 

Friends support includes: outreach and education events promoting stewardship of public lands and facilitating an understanding about our shared responsibility to sustain a healthy natural environment; monitoring of species and ecosystems; invasive species management; Within several years, membership had grown to over 300 individuals, and numerous projects were funded through grants, donations, and volunteer hours. In 2010, the Friends organization was awarded “Friends Group of the Year” by the National Wildlife Refuge Association. Current and former leaders of the Friends organization (UPDATE) Past accomplishments and milestones include:

Assists with refuge and local community events, including:
Crab Festival in Kodiak
Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer (Festival Partner)
Kenai River Festival
Ocean Festival in Anchorage
Dragonfly Days in Fairbanks
Removes invasive weeds through thousands of hours of volunteer

Develops curriculum for science and culture camps and visiting Alaska native communities to engage youth with both conservation science and traditional tribal knowledge

Works with local and national conservation partners to educate policymakers in Washington D.C. about threats to refuges, such as the notorious “road to nowhere,” which was successfully prevented

Creates curriculum for science camps in native Alaskan communities

Funded and maintained a bird habitat camera on St. Lazaria Island

Completed numerous individual projects

Attends training and workshops with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center and the National Wildlife Refuge Association

Now that the organization has surpassed its 10-year anniversary, it’s leaders and members are looking towards a bold new vision for the next 10 years that will result in continued growth and engagement with local Alaskan communities throughout the state, increasing diversity of perspectives–including groups with vital ties to refuges, such as many Alaska native tribes–and increasing volunteer and financial support for refuge projects to combat the increasingly complex and expensive set of issues that threaten the air, water, land, plants, animals and fish that make Alaska an iconic travel destination and support a high quality of life for current and future Alaskan residents. We hope you’ll join in this vision.