Ways to Get Involved
How Can I Help?
Volunteer Community Service Day opportunities for the public and students vary upon season and will be posted on the website. When a regular volunteer or paid seasonal position becomes available it will be posted on the website for open recruitment. Currently, all positions are filled. Another great way to volunteer at the refuge is through the Sacramento Tree Foundation, who holds several habitat restoration days on the refuge throughout the year. To sign-up and volunteer for these projects, go to the Sacramento Tree Foundation website for upcoming workdays. If you're interested in working with rehabilitated animals, please contact the Sacramento Wildlife Care Association. The refuge does not rehabilitate injured or orphaned animals.
The refuge works with community volunteers throughout the year for specific duties and needs. When a regular volunteer or paid seasonal position becomes available it will be posted on the website and Volunteer.gov for open recruitment. Currently, all positions are filled.
Support from many agencies and partners who have land or interests within the refuge boundary form the foundation of our habitat management and visitor service programs.
The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.
Some of Our Partnerships include:
American Land Conservancy
California Department of Boating and Waterways
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
California Department of Parks and Recreation
California Department of Transportation
California Department of Water Resources
California Native Plant Society
California Waterfowl Association
Central Valley Joint Venture
City of Elk Grove
Cosumnes River Preserve
Elk Grove Unified School District
Friends of Stone Lakes NWR
Local Miwok Bands
National Audubon Society
North Delta Conservancy
Sacramento County Environmental Review & Assessment
Sacramento County Regional Parks, Recreation, and Open Space
Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, Bufferlands
Sacramento Tree Foundation
Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District
Stonelake Homeowners Association
Trust for Public Lands
In addition, the refuge proudly partners with local schools, colleges, community groups, scouts, private land owners, and private citizens for conservation and resource educational programs.
The refuge is supported by a 501(c)(3) non-profit friends group, Friends of Stone Lakes. The Friends group is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors and manages refuge endowments, memberships, quarterly newsletter, and supports many refuge programs. Checkout the Friends of Stone Lakes website for more information about their involvement in the local community and refuge programs.