Get 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.

Annually, some 500 volunteers log more than 33,000 hours on the four Desert Complex wildlife refuges. At the Moapa Valley NWR volunteers greet visitors, perform maintenance and custodial work, and assist the Service on habitat restoration projects. Volunteers also conduct educational programs at the refuge. To learn more about volunteering at the Moapa Valley NWR or the other refuges in southern Nevada, contact Jennifer Heroux at 702-515-5453 or via email

Another way to get involved is to join the Friends of Desert Refuges. The private organization is dedicated to supporting the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in southern Nevada through advocacy, stewardship and outreach.