Friends and Partners at Muscatatuck NWR

Friends Group

The Muscatatuck Wildlife Society (MWS), a non-profit “friends” group, was established in 1989 to support the educational and conservation objectives of the refuge. The group maintains a nature bookstore in the visitor center (one of the best in the state) with all proceeds going to refuge projects.   The group is also a membership organization with almost 300 members, and members receive discounts on nature store merchandise and notices of special refuge activities.  The group prints “Duck Tales,” a refuge newsletter that is sent to members twice a year.  MWS assists refuge staff in many ways including funding management and visitor service projects, maintaining the historic Myers Cabin and barn, supporting special events, and sponsoring the Junior Duck Stamp environmental education program.  Many Friends members also actively volunteer on the refuge.   The Muscatatuck Wildlife Society also has a Muscatatuck Wildlife Society Facebook page where information about current events is available.


Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge has many conservation and community partners including the Jackson County Visitor Bureau, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Starve-Hollow Recreation Area, and the Jennings County Visitor Bureau.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have assisted the refuge with many visitor service and management projects and are always welcome.   Local United Way organizations have many "Day of Caring" events on the refuge and are great sources of volunteer assistance.