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, schools, landowners, and 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 future generations.

Audubon National Wildlife Refuge is always looking for volunteers, especially to help staff our visitor center front desk, assist with Refuge events and programs, conduct trail safety checks, pick up litter, and assist with habitat work. The Refuge also hosts large scale volunteer days during the annual Blue Goose Day, Trail Clean Up and Maintenance Day, National Public Lands Day conservation projects, and the Howl-0-ween (Halloween) Event. If interested in volunteering, please call 701 / 442-5474 or email audubon@fws.gov

Our Partners

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

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

Join our Friends group. Audubon Refuge Partners Inc.

Another key partner is our Friends organization. The mission of Audubon Refuge Partners Inc. is to support the Refuge 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 refuges
  • Private, independent organizations 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


Blue Goose Day - Air rifle station

Audubon National Wildlife Refuge provides a number of citizen science opportunities throughout the year. In the spring, volunteers and community members conduct Citizen science opportunities. Blue Goose Day in June. In September, the refuge offers monarch tagging opportunities for the public to help collect important research data on the journey of this amazing butterfly. Howl-o-ween Event the Saturday before Halloween. 

Blue Goose Day - Archery Station

Throughout the year, the refuge provides interpretive programming that is open to public participation. Program topics include migratory birds, waterfowl, bald eagles, hunting opportunities and more. During the summer months, the junior ranger program series is offered for school-aged kids. Programs for this series include wetland studies, bird watching, fishing and bluebird house building.

To learn more about upcoming programming, pick up a refuge events calendar at the visitor center or call us at 701-442-5474.

Education Programs

Goose Banding at Audubon National Wildlife Refuge

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.

The refuge also works with high school and college students to provide volunteer internship opportunities throughout the year working with the visitor services, maintenance and biology program.

Formal paid internships in visitors, biology and maintenance are also offered on a regular basis based on refuge needs. Internships are usually for the summer months and the application process typically occurs in late wintertime period.