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. Consider volunteering your time at the refuge or by joining the refuge Friends group.


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. Consider volunteering your time at the refuge with the refuge Friends group.

The mission of the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands is to partner with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support the preservation, restoration, maintenance and contemporary use of the historic resources on Plum and Pilot Islands, and to conserve and protect wildlife resources, while providing opportunities for quality wildlife-dependent recreation. Join them in shaping the legacy of Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge!

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.

Other historic or maritime sites in Door County include:

  • Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay
  • Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock
  • Jackson Harbor Maritime Museum on Washington Island

Each museum is partnered with the Service and Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands to articulate historic information, display historic items or provide the public opportunities to visit historic sites on the refuge. The Jackson Harbor Maritime Museum is home to several items that were once on Plum and Pilot Islands, including an ice breaking vessel named The Bull. Death’s Door Maritime Museum is home to the Fresnel lens that served the Plum Island Rear Range Light from 1889-2015. The Door County Maritime Museum hosts a county wide Lighthouse Festival each spring and fall, which offers the public an opportunity for guided tours of Plum Island.

Our partners include:

  • Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Ridges Sanctuary
  • Door County Land Trust
  • Washington Island
  • Door County Visitor’s Bureau
  • The Nature Conservancy


Outreach opportunities to learn more about the refuge and volunteering opportunities include citizen science projects and interpretive programs and events.

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.