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Volunteer at Two Rivers NWR

Refuge volunteers are vital to the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge mission. Volunteers contribute hundreds of hours each year to help meet this mission through monitoring bird populations, leading school groups, maintaining trails, taking photos, helping in the office and repairing equipment and facilities. No special skills are needed to be a Refuge volunteer. If you have a desire to help, we need you. We hope you'll join us! The best way to find out about current volunteer opportunities is to contact the Refuge.

To become a volunteer email or call 618-883-2524. 



Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:  

Call 618-883-2524 or email to sign up for an event or activity

Ongoing Volunteer Roles:  

Weekend Visitor Center Host: Weekend volunteer hosts are an important part of the refuge staff. They welcome visitors and answer questions to help guide visitors to have the best experience at the refuge possible. Without these hosts we wouldn’t be able to have the visitor center open as often for our weekend visitors. If you like to work with people this job is for you. Hosts are especially needed on weekends in November-March.

Scout Guide: We provide as many programs for scouts as possible but aren't able to meet every request. If you like to teach children and have fun, sign up to lead hikes with scouts. If you feel like you don’t know everything the scouts will ask, don’t worry. We’ll provide all the training and resources you need to help them find the answers to their questions.

Nature Interpreter: If you already have a love for the outdoors chances are you have something to share with visitors. Help provide weekend programs for families by taking the training to become a Nature Interpreter. Some programs include Spring Frog Walk, Story Hour, Eagle Watching Tours, Earth Day Activity leader, Animal Tracking, “Duck, Duck, Who?” and more.

Native Garden Care Taker: Two beautiful native flower beds were planted by the Great Rivers Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society. Help keep the weeds out of these gardens and learn your native flowers.

Photographer: People love seeing beautiful photographs of the wildlife at the refuge. Help capture and share some wildlife moments with other visitors and Facebook followers.

Bird Count Assistant: Learn to identify and count the thousands of birds that use the refuge as a stop over during migration. Our expert biologists will help you fine tune your bird identification skills and teach you how to estimate the number of birds at the refuge.

Flood Clean Up Crew: After a flood unsightly debris is left behind including plastic barrels, tires, styrofoam, and milk jugs. Help remove these things from the river bottoms to keep the refuge habitat clean.

Refuge Open House: We hold an open house annually in October to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week. Activities generally include kids crafts, refuge tours, a photo exhibit and live bird presentation by TreeHouse Wildlife Center.