Ways to Get Involved

Whether you want to further conservation, learn more about nature or share your love of the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. National wildlife refuges provide many opportunities for you to help your community by doing what you love. National wildlife refuges partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and residents of urban and coastal communities to make a lasting difference. Find out how you can help make American lands healthier and communities stronger while doing something personally satisfying.


Discover for yourself what tens of thousands of volunteers have learned: Volunteering for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is fun and rewarding in many ways. Learn new skills, meet new friends and enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow.

Volunteer opportunities are available in the biological, public use, management, maintenance and administrative programs. Contact the refuge office to learn how you can help!

Volunteers can provide their skills and energy for clean-up projects, school programs, maintenance of public facilities, trail construction, office work and wildlife monitoring. We encourage you to learn from first hand experiences. By volunteering you will gain knowledge about the refuge, its purpose and prospects and become involved with a vision of wildlife, natural landscapes and quality of life for the people of northwestern Minnesota.

Contact the refuge office at 218-449-4115 for volunteer opportunities.

Our Partners

Nature does not recognize human-made boundaries. In order to conserve our natural and cultural resources effectively, we must work with others to bridge these boundaries. Partnerships foster creative solutions to challenging situations and often the results are greater than the sum of the parts.


Refuge staff members are available to come and speak to your group. Programs are available on a variety of topics concerning the refuge, plants and animals living in the area or other topics.