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Refuge volunteers in front of exhibit at Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center

From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to ensure that America's natural resources are managed wisely to provide for both wildlife and present and future generations. You too can make a difference for conservation...

More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations, and more than 42,000 individuals, assist with stewardship of national wildlife refuges across the nation. Friends and volunteers are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that our collective actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow. 

Volunteers can help with Refuge projects outside in the field, greet visitors at a visitor center, assist with youth education programs, and more.  Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute to your National Wildlife Refuge System. To find out how you can get involved email us at