Children at an environmental education class at UNO's CERF facility

Bayou Sauvage NWR partners with University of New Orleans Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences, using inquiry based science activities to advance the understanding and wise stewardship of Louisiana's coastal ecosystems.

The mission of the Service is "working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people." The Service's ability to achieve this mission depends on partnerships. Throughout its history, the agency has been committed to a collaborative approach to conservation. Our strategy is to empower Americans to become citizen conservationists. The more the Service can empower people as stewards of the land, the more effective we can be in our conservation mission.

The Service works with other Department of the Interior bureaus, other Federal government agencies, and non-governmental entities and individuals to build a partnership-based approach to stewardship. Partnerships help us accomplish common goals because they:

  • Are part of our culture. 
  • Combine individual strengths to accomplish missions. 
  • Foster relationships, common goals and collaboration. 
  • Build constituencies and broad-based community support. 
  • Leverage resources to meet challenges and improve opportunities. 


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The Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges support a wide variety of projects at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex. As a non-profit organization, our Friends group seeks funding from both private and public sources, securing grants for habitat restoration, special events and education projects. They serve as advocates in the local community, conduct fund-raising activities to support environmental education programs, and help operate and maintain the refuge facilities. 

More information about the Friends Group can be found here.