The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.

Some of our Partnerships:

The King Salmon Visitor Center, providing information and educational services highlighting the natural and cultural resources and recreation opportunities on the Alaska Peninsula, is operated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in conjunction with the National Park Service, Bristol Bay Borough, and Lake and Peninsula Borough. Alaska Geographic supplies the bookstore, which raises funds for outreach and education.

We offer a week-long residential science and culture camp for rural high school students annually. Partners have included Bristol Bay School District, Lake and Peninsula School District, the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center, Alaska Audubon Society, Alaska Geographic, the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and the National Park Service.

Environmental education and outreach programs are offered in coordination with Bristol Bay School District, Lake and Peninsula School District, scouting organizations, traditional village councils, village elders, Alaska Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Planning for management of fish and wildlife resources on service lands is conducted in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and the National Park Service.

Bird counts are conducted several times per year with the cooperation of partners, including the National Audubon Society, Partners in Flight, and the USGS’s Biological Resources Division.

Youth Ambassador Internships: 

We are working with the Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA) to collaboratively plan and implement a new education and training program for high school and college-age youth living on or near the Refuge. This project will also improve community relations between the Refuge and rural Alaska communities in the Bristol Bay Region. If you are 18-25 years old (or will be 18 by the end of 2015) and living in one of the villages of the Alaska Peninsula, contact BBNA and ask about becoming a Youth Ambassador: