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.


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.

Opportunities are available in the biological, public use, maintenance and administrative programs. The Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association sponsors interpretive programs and open houses, hosts the luminary ski and winterfest and provides trail transportation for people with disabilities. Contact the refuge office to learn how you can help!

Our Partners

The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Partnerships bring innovative approaches to solving land and water management challenges in the most environmentally protective manner. 


The Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association was formed in 1996 to assist with refuge management, public use and fundraising activities. The Association sponsors interpretive programs, open houses, special events and provides trail transportation for people with disabilities. They also operate a small nature store in the Visitor Center that helps raise money for refuge activities and maintenance. In 2000, the Friends were awarded the Friends Group of the Year Award by the National Wildlife Refuge Association. Contact the refuge office to learn more about getting involved with this dynamic volunteer group.

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.