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.

Volunteering for Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

The volunteer program is vital to the refuge with volunteers donating more than 12,000 hours every year. Volunteers help with numerous projects such as turtle or other biological surveys, visitor center operations, leading nature tours, and construction and maintenance projects.

Residential volunteers work three days a week for at least three months. In exchange, they live on the refuge in their RVs where they get their utilities, a washer-dryer and a communal gathering area for free. In addition, local volunteers come from neighboring towns. These volunteers might volunteer one day a week or one day a year. Combined, the volunteer program accomplishes a lot of important work for wildlife and visitors to the refuge.

To volunteer, contact the refuge or stop by the visitor center. To learn about volunteer opportunities on federal lands, visit