Ways to Get Involved
Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) welcomes volunteers of any experience level. Possible volunteer opportunities range from interpretation and environmental education to resource management and maintenance. The refuge also recruits volunteers to help with special events both on and off refuge.
For more information, contact the refuge office.
Friends of White River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1993 by a group of conservation-minded hunters, fishermen, wildlife watchers, and outdoors enthusiasts. Their goal is to promote, protect, and conserve the largest remaining tract of bottomland hardwood forest in the Mississippi River Alluvial Valley, which is Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).
Friends of White River National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. is an independent, non-profit 501c-3 corporation dedicated to increasing public outreach opportunities for the Dale Bumpers White River NWR, located in Arkansas, Monroe, Desha, and Phillips counties, in the state of Arkansas and to provide local support through production of brochures, newsletters, creation of a website, and individual participation by members in activities designed to enhance the use and significance of the White River NWR.
Dale Bumpers White River NWR friends and volunteers are dedicated to supporting the refuge by assisting with the following goals and opportunities:
- Foster refuge use and enjoyment by the public, consistent with the protection and conservation of the environment, and engage in educational, scientific, and civic activities to assist the refuge.
- Promote public awareness about the importance of preserving and protecting this unique network of bottomland forest, rivers, and wildlife so that its value is fully recognized and appreciated by current and future generations.
- Fundraise through grants, online sales, memberships, donations, community partnerships, and a variety of special events that enhance the refuge.
- Inform elected officials and the public about refuge issues and the benefits of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
- Provide opportunities and coordinate volunteers for refuge events, research, maintenance work, parties, and educational programs.
- Support the stewardship of our National Wildlife Refuge.
- Promote the preservation of the historical resources of the refuge.