Get Involved


Besides visiting a Refuge, there are a variety of ways that you can become involved with conservation and activities. Purchasing the Federal Duck Stamp is just one.  Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge offers opportunities such as volunteering, becoming a member of the Friends Group, and for local teens the experience of working in the Youth Conservation Corp (YCC).

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, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex or an entire state.  Friends members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.  

More than 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 conservation mission that reaches back more than a century.  Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources. 

Volunteering at Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

The Arapaho staff maintains the 23,464 acre Refuge near Walden, Colorado in addition to four satellite refuges located in Wyoming.  Volunteers are an invaluable component of the Arapaho staff and can greatly increase our ability to maintain and operate the Refuges within the Arapaho Complex.  Volunteers can assist in numerous ways and we accommodate their interests, skill sets and availability.  Volunteers can join our team for one day, weeks, months or at varying times over an unspecified duration.  Volunteers donate their time and work skills to assist the Refuge Complex with daily tasks, refuge maintenance, wildlife and habitat projects, or outreach and educational programs.  They may range in age from teens to seniors with skill sets that vary from inexperienced to expert for any given activity. The only requirement is interest and enthusiasm for wildlife and the habitats that surround us here at the Arapaho Complex. 

Examples of volunteer contributions are:  wildlife and vegetative surveys, trail and public use area maintenance, conducting educational programs and tours, data entry, guiding youth workers, tree planting, grass seeding, fence maintenance and repair, posting boundary and informational signs, securing supplies, carpentry, invasive plant species control, water management and monitoring, among many more!

Resident Volunteer Opportunities
There are currently two operational RV pads located at the Refuge with laundry and restrooms available at the Headquarters building.  An additional six RV pads are under construction along with a new shower and laundry facility.  RV sites are free of charge with a minimal 20 hour per week volunteer contribution.  This is a great opportunity for volunteers wishing to learn about the area and its habitats in more detail and/or wanting to integrate more into the Arapaho staff/team.  Resident volunteers typically work between Monday and Friday contributing their daily hours sometime between 7 AM and 3:30 PM.

 Frequently Asked Questions Related to Volunteering   

 1.  How do I become a volunteer?  

Simply call the Deputy Project Leader at 970-723-8202, email or visit the Refuge office in the Headquarters building.  
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 2.  How long does a volunteer work?    

There is no set number of hours or days a volunteer contributes except for resident volunteers.  The Refuge will gladly accommodate volunteer schedules and availability.    

 3.  Do volunteers need special skills?  

 None, just an interest in wildlife and conservation.

Friends of Arapaho (FAR) ~ Become a Member

FAR is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex through volunteering, education, fund raising, habitat and wildlife projects and special events.  If you are interested in supporting the Refuge through FAR please email or contact the Refuge headquarters at 970-723-8202.

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