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.

Find out how you can help make American lands healthier and communities stronger while doing something personally satisfying.

Volunteers: Gain new experiences and meet new people while helping to advance wildlife conservation.

Friends: Join neighbors in helping refuges restore habitat and expand access to green space.

Landowners: Learn how you can partner with the Fish and Wildlife Service to voluntarily restore land.

Local Groups:

Find out how communities can work with refuges better for wildlife and people.

Youth: Explore paid and unpaid opportunities to learn and develop leadership skills.


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 our station's latest volunteer opportunities on volunteer.gov 

Volunteers and student interns provide much needed assistance with refuge programs.  They are often able to complete work that the refuge staff would be unable to do.  The hours, work assignments, etc. are tailored to meet the needs of both the refuge and the volunteer or intern.

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 partners. These partnerships make it possible to create and improve refuge resources; conduct research; support public awareness and outreach; create and/or improve refuge public use facilities; assist visitors with finding their way; and provide increased opportunities for visitors to learn more about National Wildlife Refuges, local culture, and other local amenities.  If your group or agency would like to partner with a National Wildlife Refuge for the benefit of the resource, and/or the public it serves, please contact our office at 337-589-2216.

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 Fish and Wildlife Service site, you’re bound to come away with new insights and excitement about conservation.

Limited on and off site Refuge education and interpretive programs are available for visitors and the community. Refuge staff and trained volunteers provide Refuge interpretive programs by invitation as available. For more information about what programming may be available call 337-598-2216