Get Involved

From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources.

More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges and approximately 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the agency's wildlife conservation mission that reaches back more than a century.

The refuge is looking for volunteers interested in helping protect and enhance the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge! We are in need of every kind of volunteer, including those who can help lead nature tours; conduct wildlife and plant surveys; maintain nature trails; do construction and maintenance projects; assist with environmental education programs; greet visitors; and much more! RV volunteers are welcome. For three days a week per person, the refuge provides RV sites with full hookup, utilities, washer-dryer and a gathering area set within the refuge. A three month commitment is required.

For more information about volunteering for the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge contact the volunteer coordinator at 409-267-3337 or visit for volunteer opportunities on all federal lands.

Friends of Anahuac Refuge
In 1996, a group of volunteers at the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge established the Friends of Anahuac Refuge, a non-profit organization committed to preserving and enhancing the refuge through conservation, research and education. The group serves as a liaison between the refuge and the public. The membership represents a diversity of refuge users, including wildlife watchers, hunters, anglers, farmers, ranchers and educators.

Some of the Friends recent accomplishments include:

  • Staffing of the Visitor Information Station and managing the nature store
  • Designing and funding the Outdoor Education program, which brings more than 1,000 children to the refuge annually
  • Constructing a 1.5 acre butterfly and hummingbird habitat landscape and trail system
  • Leading nature tours, including yellow rail walks
  • Sponsoring of the annual Wild Things! reading program, encouraging fifth grade students at local schools to read more about all things wild!
  • Assisting with special events, including the Anahuac Wildlife Expo, Family Fishing Day, open house tours and other activities

For more information, please contact:

Friends of Anahuac Refuge
P.O. Box 1348
Anahuac, TX 77514