Get Involved


Besides visiting a Refuge, there are a variety of ways that you can become involved with conservation and activities. Purchasing the Federal Duck Stamp is just one. Opportunities such as volunteering, becoming a member of a Friends Group, and, for teens, the experience of working in the Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) are some hands on ways to become involved.

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.

 Frequently Asked Questions Related to Volunteering

1. How do I become a volunteer?

Simply call the Deputy Project Leader at 970-723-8202, email or visit the Refuge office in the Arapaho NWR Headquarters building at 953 Jackson County Road 32 in Walden, Colorado.
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2. How long does a volunteer work?

There is no set number of hours or days a volunteer contributes except for resident volunteers. The Refuge will gladly accommodate volunteer schedules and availability.

3. Do volunteers need special skills?

None, just an interest in wildlife and conservation. 

Friends of Arapaho (FAR) ~ Become a Member
FAR is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex through volunteering, education, fund raising, habitat and wildlife projects and special events. If you are interested in supporting the Refuge through FAR please email or contact the Refuge headquarters at 970-723-8202.

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