Besides visiting the Refuge, you can get involved in work that interests you, such as volunteering to help with waterfowl surveys, or many other activities.
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.
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.
More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century. Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources.
We depend on volunteers to help in many ways. At Chase Lake, a volunteer is anyone who assists the Refuge staff with projects, daily tasks, or programs. We can help to build a volunteering experience around you and your needs and wants. Volunteers can commute from local communities to help at Chase Lake, or may stay and reside at the refuge in our bunkhouse for an extended period.
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Chase Lake NWR is home to one of the largest breeding colonies of American white pelicans in North America.