The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Partnerships bring innovative approaches to solving land and water management challenges in the most environmentally protective manner. 

The Friends of Rydell & Glacial Ridge Refuges Association (FRGRRA) was formed in 1996 to assist with refuge management, public use, and fundraising activities. The Association sponsors interpretive programs, open houses, special events, and provides trail transportation for people with disabilities. They also operate a small nature store in the Visitor Center that helps raise money for refuge activities and maintenance. In 2000, the Association was awarded the Friends Group of the Year Award by the National Wildlife Refuge Association. 

Contact the Refuge office to learn more about getting involved with this dynamic volunteer group, or email the FRGRRA at


Other Partners

University of Minnesota-Crookston

Agassiz Environmental Learning Center

Audubon Minnesota

Maple Lake Improvement Association

Options Resource Center for Independent Living

Polk County Parks and Recreation

East Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Advanced Hunter Education Program

Fertile Conservation Club

Minnesota Deer Hunters Association

Ruffed Grouse Society

Minnesota Waterfowl Association

Ducks Unlimited