This 22,135 acre Refuge, established in 1955, takes a lot of work to maintain. We depend on volunteers to help in many ways. At Quivira, a Volunteer is anyone who assists the Refuge staff with projects, daily tasks, or programs. We can help to build a Volunteering experience around you and your needs and wants. Volunteers can commute from local communities to help at Quivira, or may stay and reside at Quivira for an extended period.
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The non-profit Friends of Quivira supports Quivira and its management through education and partnering in the planning and holding of special events at the Refuge. The Friends of Quivira support Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, one of the premier wetlands on the Central Migration Flyway, through active volunteering. Sharing and maintaining the wonders of the animal and plant life of the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge through educational programs and events is the primary focus of Friends of Quivira. The Friends help with everything from planning special events and helping with them to cooking and serving meals at these events. Information on the Friends, how you can help, or how to join is available at their website (click on the link below).
Quivira features many public special events annually, in all seasons. Some events, like Monarch Mania and Peeps and Pastries, are similar each year, and feature topic-oriented activities. Others, such as the Great Migration Rally and the Refuge Week Celebration, often change from year-to-year and offer exciting new ways to explore and experience the Refuge. All are family-oriented and most offer opportunities for hands-on activities. Check the Events page to find out more.
In past years, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge annually recruited high school students age 15 through 18 for summer employment in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). Projects included trail building and repair, improving wildlife habitat, posting boundary signs, invasive plant control, monitoring wildlife, simple construction, office work and general maintenance activities.
NOTE: due to insufficient funding, this program is not currently being offered at Quivira.
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The tallest North American bird, and one of the rarest: now numbering about 600 in the world, there were once as few as 16.