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 and fish and wildlife 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.


Setting up a net for bird research at Arctic Refuge.

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. Master new skills. Meet new friends. Enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow. Check out volunteer opportunities on volunteer.gov

Volunteering at Arctic Refuge

Arctic Refuge is vast but our volunteer program is modest. With a small staff, and remote lands hundreds of miles away from our administrative offices, we have relatively few volunteer opportunities. That said, depending on your interests, aptitudes, and availability, there are occasions where a fruitful match between volunteer and refuge needs can be found. If you are interested in investigating volunteer options, send an email to arctic_refuge@fws.gov describing whether you can provide your own transportation to Fairbanks, what dates you might be available, where your areas of specialty and interest lie, and why you've identified Arctic Refuge as a place that might benefit from your volunteer service.

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. Learn more about our local and regional partners.


A buff-breasted sandpiper on the arctic coastal plain.

We provide outreach information to distant audiences, individuals who enter the refuge, and people in gateway communities, to enhance understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of refuge lands and resources. 

Our outreach goals include: 

  • to provide timely and accurate information to the public about refuge resources and purposes, management and conservation, and impacts, such as changing climate;
  • provide refuge orientation and information about opportunities, specially designated areas, minimum impact techniques and other best practices, and regulations to provide a quality experience and minimize human impacts to refuge resources and values;
  • and provide outreach information and participate in collaborative outreach activities in gateway communities to benefit participants and promote conservation of wildlife and natural landscapes.

Education Programs

woman standing by archery targets
A weekly virtual club for youth to learn about fish and wildlife in the Mountain-Prairie and Alaska regions. Whether you're from any of these areas or just want to learn about fish and wildlife, all kids are welcome! Make friends, have conversations, and explore new topics each week!