Ways to Get Involved

From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources.

More than 200 nonprofit refuge friends organizations support national wildlife refuges, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex or an entire state. Friends members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.  


More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century.  Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources.

The Moapa Valley NWR relies heavily on resident volunteers. Volunteers contribute hundreds of hours on the refuge conducting visitor services and educational programs, performing facilities maintenance, and assisting with the habitat restoration projects.

Annually, some 500 volunteers log more than 33,000 hours on the four Desert Complex wildlife refuges. At the Moapa Valley NWR volunteers greet visitors, perform maintenance and custodial work, and assist the Service on habitat restoration projects. Volunteers also conduct educational programs at the refuge. To learn more about volunteering at the Moapa Valley NWR or the other refuges in southern Nevada, contact Jennifer Heroux at 702-515-5453 or via email to jennifer_heroux@fws.gov

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers needed for the following 3 or 4 month commitment: September - November 2024Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1979 to protect the endangered Moapa Dace. This small desert fish was present on the very first Endangered Species list and Moapa Valley was the first...

Our Partners

Strong partnerships with communities and conservation-minded organizations are vital to the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Education Programs

A refuge staff member will lead teachers and students through the wildlife refuge, while sharing information about the flora and fauna found there and in the Moapa Valley. The Service can work with teachers to develop curriculum tailored to the desired focus and students' grade level. We recommend chaperones in addition to the teacher(s) who will be leading the field trip.

Additionally, the Service can come to the school to present information in the classroom about the wildlife refuge and the species that call it home. We have several educational materials available to use in these programs and will be happy to work with you to tailor the lesson to the unique needs of your learners.

To schedule a field trip or classroom presentation, contact the visitor services/environmental education specialist, at 775-725-3417 ext. 101. Please contact us at least one month in advance of your planned activity.