Get Involved!

Get Involved Landscape

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” – John Wesley

  • How to Apply

    The refuge is currently not offering in-person volunteer opportunities for new volunteers due to the ongoing situation.

    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out and sign the Volunteer Opportunities form and Volunteer Service Agreement and email to the Volunteer Coordinator. You will be contacted within two weeks of your application being received.

    For questions, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or 763-389-3323 x 113.

    Thank you for supporting your national wildlife refuge!

  • Volunteering at Crane Meadows

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    Volunteering at the refuge is a great way to get outdoors, learn new skills and be involved in your community. Our team of dedicated volunteers at Crane Meadows contribute their talent, energy, and passion to making the refuge a gem in the community. Volunteers are involved in all aspects of refuge operation from trail maintenance to helping with public events to tending wildflowers in our greenhouse.

    So, who can be a volunteer?YOU! There is a role to fit all ages and skill levels. We welcome you to join our volunteer team!

  • Volunteer Roles

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    Volunteers are involved in many ways at the refuge. Below are just a few of the ways they make a difference! Check out the Volunteer Opportunities link in the How to Apply section for a complete list.

    Maintenance volunteers:

    • Keep the trails in tip top shape
    • Mow the lawn and plow snow
    • Assist with various projects including carpentry, painting and sign posting

      Biology volunteers:

      • Assist with seed collection
      • Tend wildflower gardens
      • Collect data on different bird species, from monitoring bluebird houses to waterfowl surveys

        Education and outreach volunteers:

        • Promote the refuge in the community
        • Assist at public events
        • Educate school groups