Ways to Get Involved

Whether you want to further conservation through hands-on opportunities, learn more about nature by joining a program or event, or share your love of nature with our youngest generations, you’ve come to the right place!

National Wildlife Refuges provide many opportunities for you to get involved and help your community by doing what you love. We partner with other government agencies, non-profit organizations, volunteers, youth/community groups, school, landowners, and neighbors in order to successfully carryout our mission. Find out how you can help below! 


Volunteers are an integral part of what we do. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available for people of all ages, backgrounds, and skillsets at our other sites: Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and Julia Butler Hansen Refuge. Email us at willapa@fws.gov to learn more!

Our Partners

When it comes to the conservation of wildlife, every piece of the puzzle is needed; from the obscure juvenile stage of the Pacific lamprey to healthy stream systems, a thriving estuary, and the people that interact with this place. Landscape-level conservation and species survival requires large-scale thinking and shared resources to be successful. Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex partners with a multitude of agencies, organizations and individuals to combine resources such as knowledge, equipment, land, and people for wildlife-focused conservation efforts.


Wings Over Willapa Festival

This annual nature, birding and art festival is a celebration of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge’s many species and diverse habitats. We’ll have an amazing array of tours, workshops and other events happening all around the Long Beach Peninsula and Willapa Bay.

Whether you’re an experienced birder or just getting acquainted with the great outdoors, nature lovers of all ages are sure to find plenty to do. We look forward to seeing you!

We’ll be returning for Wings Over Willapa on September 22-24, 2023 – we invite you to join us! 

This event is hosted with our Friends Group, Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

You can also keep up to date by following along on Facebook and Instagram