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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

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.

Due to the remote nature of Copalis, on-refuge volunteer opportunities are not available. However, several organizations offer volunteer programs that directly benefit the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The COASST program (Coastal Observation and Seabird Study Team) is administered by the University of Washington. By monitoring seabird mortality rates COASST volunteers help natural resource managers to assess the health of our nearshore marine ecosystems. Washington CoastSavers as well as the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation coordinate regular beach cleanups along the outer coast of the Olympic Peninsula. As marine debris from all over the world continues to collect on beaches this is a vital service to the Refuge.