NWTF Partners

Strong partnerships are the key to reaching our conservation and public outreach goals!

Our Partners 

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We partner with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to provide mentor-guided white-tailed deer and wild turkey hunts on the refuge to beginner youth & women hunters as well as disabled hunters. 

The goal of the partnership is to unlock the outdoors for people of all abilities and introduce new hunters to the tradition of hunting. The refuge reserves a 200-acre parcel for these special hunting programs to give participants a safe, quality hunting experience. 

If you are or know of a hunter who would be interested in participating in one of our mentored hunts, contact Chelsea Utter at 973-702-7266 x 18 or for more information. 



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 The refuge partners with Newton High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter for several events. The FFA members are an integral part of our annual Think Outside Day, where 200 fifth-grade students from local schools rotate through ten stations of outdoor related skills and activities at the refuge. FFA organizes and runs more than half of the stations for the day all the while with great enthusiasm and energy. The refuge would not be able to pull off such a large event without this partnership.


 Newton FFA also works with the refuge and the National Wild Turkey Federation for the youth and disabled sportsmen hunts at the refuge. The FFA chapter offers their facility and butchering skills to demonstrate deer processing for the youth hunt participants. They also provide an option for free deer processing to the disabled sportsmen hunters. The refuge is thankful to Newton FFA for being able to provide these services to our hunt participants and for continuing the partnership year after year. 



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 Wallkill River NWR's efforts to include urban communities as conservation partners have gained national recognition.  Read more about our innovative partnership with the Yonkers, NY non-profit organization Groundwork here.

The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the refuge system, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.