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.
The refuge has an active Volunteer Program, for habitat restoration, roving and programmatic interpretation, docents, environmental education, and maintenance projects. Our volunteers provide an invaluable service toward refuge goals to protect habitat and endangered species, provide a quality visitor experience, support partnerships, and become a part of our dedication toward community-based projects.
Become a Refuge Friend
Friends of Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is an all volunteer, community non-profit organization that is dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Refuge for the benefit of fish and wildlife and future generations. The Friends also ensure a great experience for the community though interpretive programs and nature store.
Ready to get your hands dirty? Join us for our Second Saturday Restoration work days and you may even get to see parts of the Refuge that you normally can't. Restoration work day meets the second Saturday of every month from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. We provide the tools and the beautiful scenery; you just need to bring some sturdy work clothes and shoes and whatever refreshments you need to keep your body fueled. The link below will take you to more detailed information, including upcoming Second Saturday projects.
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.
Partnerships with local education organizations provide the refuge with interpretive and hands-on opportunities for students by way of a Special Use Permit. These programs have quality wetlands curricula covering the ecology and biology of the refuge and are popular with the local teachers.
Arrangements can be made directly with the organizations:
Hawai‘i Nature Center
875 Iao Valley Road
Wailuku, HI 96793
Maui Digital Bus
1305 North Holopono St., Suite 3
Kihei, HI 96753
The Maui National Wildlife Refuge Complex office participates in the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) based at the University of Hawai‘i Hilo campus. As a mentoring agency, we support the program’s mission: “linking undergraduates to environmental careers; mentoring the next generation of scientists, educators and managers for Hawai‘i’s and the Pacific’s future”. The 10-week program (June-August) provides students an opportunity to work at the refuge and obtain the experience and knowledge necessary for careers in the field of natural resources.
Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science
University of Hawai‘i Hilo
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720
Come join us for a free guided bird walk or interpretive program. Join our Jr. Ranger Program or enjoy hands-on learning activities.
Keālia Pond NWR environmental education programs engage learners of all ages and align with Science Standards to help reinforce ecological concepts students are learning in the classroom. To learn more or request a Ranger led program at the Refuge please follow the instructions on the For Educators tab (link). Keep us in mind for career days and conservation events too!