Students learning on the refuge - Brett Billings/USFWS.

The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge’s Adopt-a-Habitat initiative is an opportunity for schools, organizations and groups to partner with the refuge to manage local habitats within the Connecticut River watershed.

Adopting a habitat involves choosing an outdoor place to “adopt”, assembling volunteers, and as a team, working to foster the adopted site as a healthy habitat for plants, animals, and people.

Any school, organization, or group that is interested in helping to improve and manage local habitats is welcome and encouraged to participate in the program. Through the program, students can learn about land and water management techniques, citizen stewardship, and foster a better understanding of the environment while they make important contributions in their community for wildlife, people, and the environment.

The refuge is able to help schools, organizations, and groups with technical assistance, grant writing, and their search for resources to accomplish Adopt-a-Habitat objectives. Refuge staff can help with habitat assessment, land, water, and public access management plans, curriculum integration, applying for funding, and other technical assistance. Other benefits include learning about a local environment, becoming involved in the community, helping friends, family, and neighbors become invested, experience, and enjoy the outdoors.

Groups or individuals interested in the Adopt-a-Habitat program or who want more detailed information about the program should contact: David Sagan, Silvio O. Conte Refuge, Private Lands Biologist, at 413-548-8002 x113.