Get Involved

Volunteers running an environmental education program - USFWS.


Volunteers are involved in all aspects of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, and play a critical role in helping the refuge fulfill its mission. Volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of programs, including staffing the information desk at the Visitor Center and the Friends of Blackwater's Eagle's Nest Bookstore, as well as assisting with environmental education programs, biological surveys and monitoring, special events, trail and facility maintenance, interpretive programs, gardening, outreach, and much more. Whether you can work once a week, once a month, or once a year, your service is welcomed and needed!

If you are interested in becoming a Blackwater NWR volunteer, please contact Michele Whitbeck at 410-221-8157 or If you like, you can download a volunteer application now (PDF). You can fill it out using your computer and email it to Michele, or print it out and mail it to her at Blackwater NWR, 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, MD, 21613. 

Come help make the refuge a better place for wildlife and people alike!

Friends Group

The Friends of Blackwater are a nonprofit citizens support group that raises money for Blackwater Refuge through their gift shop (as well as other activities such as special events and grants) and uses the funds to finance various educational, interpretive, and wildlife-oriented recreational programs that are not funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service due to shrinking federal budgets.

Everyone is invited to attend their monthly meetings, usually the third Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. in the Visitor Center conference room.

Learn more about the Friends of Blackwater by visiting their website.