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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. 

Refuge Friends Groups

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. Friends of this refuge include:

  • Shoreline Education for Awareness (SEA) An all-volunteer non-profit organization based in Bandon, SEA was founded in 1990 to increase public awareness and knowledge of the shoreline habitats and wildlife along the southern Oregon coast. SEA trains and recruits volunteer wildlife interpreters to serve at a variety of locations along the south coast, as well as offering numerous internships within the Refuge system. Learn more about SEA here.


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. Consider becoming a volunteer to contribute on behalf of America’s natural resources.

Contact Visitor Services Manager Dawn Harris to volunteer at the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Or check out other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service volunteer opportunities here.

Volunteer Spotlight

The Refuge highlights Keith and Brenda Krejci in honor of National Volunteer Week.

Learn about their experience, in their own words.