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Volunteers like these are extremely valuable resources for  managing Humboldt Bay NWR, and without their help the Refuge would complete far fewer projects annually.




Volunteers are very important to the refuge's success. Volunteers work alongside refuge staff and partners on virtually all refuge programs including interpretation and environmental education, office assistance, wildlife and habitat monitoring and management activities and a variety of maintenance duties. Please contact us in the office or at (707) 733-5406 if you would like to volunteer or get more information.

The Habitat Improvement Team meets the second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Visitor Center, 1020 Ranch Road, Loleta CA. Help restore habitat by removing non-native plants and maintaining native plant areas. Bring gloves and drinking water. Tools and snacks provided. During the COVID-19 pandemic participants must practice social distancing and wear a face mask.

Friends of the Dunes assists the refuge in innumerable ways, from recruiting volunteers to leading walks and habitat restoration workdays and providing environmental education.


We also work with Audubon Society, Humboldt State University, The Nature Conservancy, CA Coastal Conservancy, CA Waterfowl Association, Ducks Unlimited, Pacific Coast Joint Venture, Aleutian Goose Working Group, local schools, communities, ranchers, and others. 


Volunteer Application (24 KB pdf)