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 and fish and wildlife 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. On this page, you'll find several ways to further engage with Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Volunteering

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. Master new skills. Meet new friends. Enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow. Check out our station's latest volunteer opportunities on volunteer.gov.  

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge welcomes volunteers to assist with a variety of activities, from biological projects to maintenance duties. Some activities may have age and skill level requirements. Current available opportunities are:

  • Front Desk Greeter

  • Description: Greet visitors at the Occoquan Bay Information Center. If under the age of 18, must be accompanied by an adult.  Volunteer will receive training before first shift. 

  • Date/time: Fridays and Saturdays, AM Shift 9:45am-1:00pm, PM Shift 1pm-4:15pm. Info center planned to open June 24.

 

  • Interpretive Programs

  • Description: Assist with activities such as intro to archery, ranger led walks, crafts, and other nature based programs. Volunteer will receive training prior to program, experienced volunteers may have the opportunity to lead their own program.

  • Date/time: Upcoming Archery and Tracks program May 22 from 12-2:30pm. Need one volunteer for tracks craft/hike. 

 

  • Festivals and Large Events
  • Description: The refuge may be asked to run a booth at a festival. Volunteers are needed to help run the booth activity or craft, answer questions, and hand out brochures. Upcoming festival is RiverFest, refuge booth will demonstrate the human made effects on watersheds by using a watershed model and conducting water testing. 
  • Date/time: Upcoming RiverFest at Town of Occoquan on June 4 and 5, AM Shift 8am-1:30pm, PM Shift - 1pm-6pm

 

Contact Visitor Services Manager, Carina Velazquez-Mondragon if interested in any volunteer opportunities.

Email: carina_velazquez-mondragon@fws.gov

Phone: 703-490-4979 ext. 52585

 

Our Partners

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge is not alone in it's efforts to conserve wildlife and provide meaningful recreational opportunities. Partnerships foster creative solutions to challenging situations, and often the results are greater than the sum of the parts.  Learn more about our partners. 

Outreach

Environmental Education

The refuge features several environmental education sites, including two outdoor pavilions, a 2.7 acre pond with a dock and ramp, and a floating boardwalk in a freshwater marsh. Environmental education activities are primarily self-guided field trips exploring topics prepared by the teacher. Interested educational groups or institutions are required to obtain a special use permit to gain refuge access for their program.

Education Programs

The Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex offers several youth internship and volunteer opportunities. We partner with the Student Conservation Association and Youth Conservation Corps to provide unparalleled service experiences that can help shape your future, as well as the planet's future.