Get Involved

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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.  Nisqually, for example, was established through a grassroots effort when the conservation movement was just gaining momentum.  Now you, also, can play an important role in our continuing efforts to improve conservation at the Nisqully delta.

  • Volunteering

    The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex has between 100 to 200 active volunteers who donate over 10,000 hours of their time each year!  Our volunteers assist staff with providing education programs to thousands of students from the local area per year.  They also staff our visitor center, book store and office, present interpretation programs for the public, provide information to visitors along the trails, perform biological surveys and help manage invasive plants.  If you would like to volunteer at the Refuge, contact us at 360-753-9467 for more information or stop at the office and we will get you an application for volunteering.  All new volunteers will need to attend a volunteer orientation offered in late autumn and involves two weekend days.

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  • Volunteer Spotlight

    Diane Claussen (2019 Volunteer of the Year)

    Our 2019 Volunteer of the Year Diane Claussen volunteered 500 hours at the Refuge and was instrumental in providing wonderful service to the Refuge, the public and staff.  You can often find Diane working behind the Visitor Center front desk and sometimes walking on the trails.  Diane has been volunteering at the Refuge since 2012 and along with our other volunteers, makes the Refuge one of the premier places to visit in the Pacific Northwest.  Thank you Diane for everything that you do!

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  • Friends of Nisqually NWRC

    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 Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an important partner, helping to support Refuge programs.

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