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. Visit Volunteer.gov for more information or contact Christine Donald


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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers will be at the front desk interacting with visitors. Taking entrance fees, providing maps and trail information, answering phones, checking out binoculars, and electric scooter when needed. Also, playing refuge videos upon request, stocking brochures, clerical recording, light cleaning...

Our Partners

Partnerships with the National Wildlife Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving management issues in the most environmentally protective manner. Scientifically informed and technologically based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, private entities and organizations, and other government agencies if conservation efforts are to succeed. 

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge works closely with the following partners. They play a very important role in helping the refuge accomplish its mission. 


Open the door to a potentially life-changing experience. If you land a student internship, a fellowship or a volunteer opportunity at a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

Learn more about national wildlife refuge
, fish hatchery or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service site, you’re bound to come away with new insights and excitement about conservation. We encourage you to look into the following programs:  

  • Youth Conservation Core  

  • American Conservation Environment  

  • Student Conservation Association 

  • Hispanic Access Foundation 

  • Directorate Fellowship Program  

Education Programs

 We encourage you to contact Urban Park Ranger Thamara Hernandez for personalized Environmental Education programs offered at the doorstep of your campus (Pe-K-12th grade. Contact email is Thamara_hernandez@fws.gov

We offer Guided tours for School Groups. As well, as hands- on activities and outdoor adventures. The following topics are available

  • Bird Adaptations and Behavior

  • Endangered Species

  • River Systems

  • Life Cycles & Pollinators

  • Wetlands

  • Food chains