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.


A volunteer helping a young girl. 

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.

Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge is always looking for volunteers. Volunteers do many different things around the refuge such as helping maintain trails, refuge cleanup, checking nest boxes, assisting with bird counts, prairie seed collecting, working with school groups, and many, many other activities. If interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer application form and email it to the volunteer coordinator Peter Rea or via mail to 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, IA 51555.

Our Partners

Partner volunteers collecting seeds. 

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 partners.

The refuge cooperates on many projects between partners like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, Nebraska Game and Park, Ducks Unlimited, local schools and many universities.

Another key partner is our Friends organization. The Friends of Boyer Chute and DeSoto National Wildlife Refuges, Inc. mission is to support the refuges in their efforts to preserve, protect and restore the biological diversity and historical resources 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 organization formed and managed by local citizens.

For more information contact:

Friends of Boyer Chute and DeSoto NWRs
P.O. Box 73
Fort Calhoun, NE 68023

E-mail: Jim Morley - thelodge@abbnebraska.com


A volunteer with a monarch butterfly. 

Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge provides a number of citizen science opportunities throughout the year. The Christmas Bird Count is an annual citizen-led count on the refuge.  In September, the refuge offers monarch tagging opportunities for the public to help collect important research data on the journey of this amazing butterfly. 

Throughout the year the refuge also provides interpretive programming that is open to public participation. Program topics include pollinators, chute explorations, wetland studies, migratory birds 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, and fishing.

To learn more about upcoming programming call us at 712-388-4800.

Education Programs

School students with a frog. 

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.

All internships at Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge are advertised in conjunction with DeSoto National Wildlife. The refuge 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 winter time period.