Get Involved

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From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned individuals eager to protect America's natural resources. You too can make a difference for conservation.

  • Volunteer

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    Would you like to volunteer to support Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge? There are opportunities to fit many interests including: doing beach cleanups, assisting with environmental education programs, helping to maintain nature trails and recreational facilities, and planting trees and marsh grass with organized work parties.

    To discuss how you might share your time and talent with your Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges, please call our volunteer coordinator at 985-882-2021 or email

  • Work-Play Days

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    What are Work-Play Days? A chance to get your boots on the ground and help with stewardship of your refuge! A Work-Play Day begins with activities such as clearing trails, light maintenance or construction projects and finishes with a guided canoe exploration of the Refuge. It's a great way to make new friends and make a difference for conservation! Come by yourself, bring a friend, or a club!

    Typically Work-Play Days occur the second Saturdays February through May, and are held at the Southeast Louisiana NWRs headquarters in Lacombe. The Friends of Louisiana Refuges, Inc. provide a light lunch. For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact our office by the Wednesday prior to the Work-Play Day at 985-882-2025 or email

  • Become a Citizen Scientist

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    Would you like to turn your love of wildlife and the outdoors into data that helps us all better understand our natural world and supports conservation? Do you like technology? There are several Citizen Science programs where you can make a difference. Check out these projects and put your smarts and smartphone to use!

    Nature's Notebook This nationwide project is an national online project where amateur and professional naturalists record observations of plants and animals to generate long-term data sets used for scientific discovery and decision making.

    iNaturalist Learn more about nature and contribute to a database of global biodiversity by becoming part of the iNaturalist community. You can even crowdsource a plant or animal identification!

    eBird This is a program at Cornell Lab for Ornithology that collects rich data on bird abundance and distribution across the world. You can submit your own observations via your computer or smart phone.

    The Great BackYard Bird Count (GBC) is an event that engages people all over the nation in creating a real time snapshot of bird populations. Anyone can help with this, from your backyard, or a wildlife refuge.

    Report sightings of invasive species using a free app on your smartphone. More details and links to download on this USGS website.

  • Become a Refuge Friend

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    We are assisted in our conservation mission by the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc. The Friends are a non-profit corporation that supports our research projects, education programs, volunteer service projects, and community events. They also help staff our visitor center in Lacombe. To become a member of Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc. and learn more about their exciting contributions, visit