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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. 


At Pahranagat NWR volunteers assist refuge staff by greeting visitors at the contact station, perform custodial duties, maintenance and clerical work.   Several volunteers from the local community have also conducted projects such as raising at risk species and taking part in biological surveys. To learn more about volunteering  at Pahranagat NWR contact the refuge at 775-725-3417. 

Another way to get involved is to join the Friends of Desert Refuges.  They are a private organization dedicated to the support of the support of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service through advocacy, stewardship and outreach.