The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.  Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner.  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. 

Partnerships already in place at Arrowwood NWR are with the Bureau of Reclamation and mitigation features in place on the refuge, primarily the bypass channels and water control structures that allow for more efficient and effective water management for wildlife benefits.  The refuge also partners with Stutsman County Weed Board to combat invasive species on and around refuge lands.  A prominent partner in wildlife and wildlands research is the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center with many past and active research projects ongoing on refuge lands.    

We also work closely on various projects with North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Ducks Unlimited, Stutsman County Wildlife Club, North Dakota State University Extension Service, University of North Dakota, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, United Sportsman –Jamestown Chapter and local schools. 

The non-profit Birding Drives Dakota/Friends of Arrowwood Refuge supports the refuge and its management through education and partnering in the planning and holding of special events at the Refuge. The Friends of Arrowwood support through active volunteering. They host the popular Annual Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival, and complete other projects that enhance the visitor experience at the refuge. Information on the Friends, how you can help, or how to join is available at their website: