Get Involved


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. Become a volunteer by filling out an application and contribute your strengths on behalf of America’s natural resources.

Friends of Cat Island Refuge: Interested citizens formed this local independent association to provide additional services to the refuge and the ever-growing number of visitors. Members take pride in the refuge and believe all citizens should share the responsibilities of caring for their public lands. Friends Group Contact Information.

Volunteering Experience: Want to have fun, meet new people, and help wildlife? Become a volunteer with the Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers are actively involved in many of the refuge programs. Volunteers put in more than 500 volunteer hours each year to directly benefit the wildlife and habitat of the refuge.

Local Volunteers/Groups: A wide variety of volunteer activities are available for local individuals and groups. If you would like to volunteer for the Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge contact us at 


"Help US help wildlife!  Imagine banding birds at a national wildlife refuge, raising fish at a national fish hatchery, conducting wildlife surveys, leading a tour, or restoring fragile habitat. YOU can volunteer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service."   Click on this link to find opportunities near you. 

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Volunteer Agreement Application Form - PDF