Ways to Get Involved

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.


Volunteering - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Horicon National Wildlife Refuge

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. 

Step 1 Complete the Natural Resources Volunteer Application and email it to the Volunteer Coordinator at horicon@fws.gov or mail it to: Horicon NWR, Attn: Volunteer Coordinator, W4279 Headquarters Rd., Mayville, WI 53050.

Step 2 Once received we will contact you to set up a volunteer interview to get to know you a little more, discuss interests, and see where the best match may be based on currently available opportunities or to be placed on a list for opportunities that are available seasonally.

Step 3 Sign a volunteer services agreement which covers you as a volunteer and states your schedule and responsibilities and allows the refuge to count your volunteer hours for funding assistance with tools, project materials, and recognition.

Step 4 Work closely with refuge staff and other volunteers to shape the legacy of Horicon Marsh and enjoy the time giving back!

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.

Friends of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is a citizen-based, non-profit organization formed in 2001 to promote awareness and appreciation of the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge and to provide assistance to refuge programs. Join them in shaping the legacy of Horicon Marsh! For more information email fohnwr@yahoo.com .

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is also proud to partner with the following organizations:

  • Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area (Wisconsin DNR)
  • Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center
  • Horicon Marsh Bird Club
  • Dodge County Tourism
  • International Crane Foundation


Outreach opportunities to learn more about the refuge and volunteering include citizen science projects and interpretive programs and events. Guided activities are available for the general public (see "Events") as well as privately scheduled groups both on refuge and off-site (limited basis). For more information, contact Erin Railsback at 920-241-6574 or erin_railsback@fws.gov .

Education Programs

Opportunities for guided environmental education programs are available for schools, scout groups etc. For more information, contact Erin Railsback at 920-241-6574 or erin_railsback@fws.gov .