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 refuge lands provide many opportunities for you to help your community by doing what you love. National wildlife refuge staff partner with volunteers, youth groups, schools, landowners, neighbors and residents of rural and urban 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.

Audubon Wetland Management District is always looking for volunteers especially to assist with refuge events and programs, conduct trail safety checks, picking up litter, and assisting with habitat work. The refuge also hosts large scale volunteer days and other events throughout Audubon Wetland Management District. If interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer application form and email it to the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge (audubon@fws.gov) or via mail to Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, 3275 11th St NW, Coleharbor, North Dakota 58531.

Our Partners

Partnerships foster creative solutions to challenging situations and often the results are greater than the sum of the parts.

The Wetland Management District cooperates on many projects between partners like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Garrison Diversion Units, North Dakota Game and Fish, Garrison Fish Hatchery, Ducks Unlimited, Douglas Sportsmens Club, North Country Trail, local schools and many universities.

Another key partner is our Friends organization. Audubon Refuge Partners Inc. mission is to support the Refuge Complex in their efforts to preserve, protect and restore the biological diversity of the refuges, while providing the opportunity for wildlife oriented activities, education and scientific research.

Friends Groups Are:

  • Advocates for a local refuge and the National Wildlife Refuge System.
  • Formal organizations designed to support the mission of the Refuge and District.
  • Private, independent organization formed and managed by local citizens

Join the Audubon Refuge Partners Inc Facebook page to stay up to date on current events.

For more information contact:

Audubon Refuge Partners Inc.
E-mail: Glee Mayer - glee.mayer@gmail.com


Audubon Wetland Management District hosts several events annually at our National Wildlife Refuges. Please visit the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge and Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge pages to learn more about these events.

Education Programs

Open the door to a potentially life-changing experience. If you land a student internship, a fellowship or a volunteer opportunity at a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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, fish hatchery or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service site, you’re bound to come away with new insights and excitement about conservation.

We work with high school and college students to provide volunteer internship opportunities throughout the year working with the visitor services, maintenance, and biology programs.

Formal paid internships in visitor services, biology, and maintenance are also offered on a regular basis based on Refuge and WMD needs. Internships are usually for the summer months and the application process typically occurs in late winter.