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. Find out how you can help make American lands healthier and communities stronger while doing something personally satisfying.

Volunteers: Gain new experiences and meet new people while helping to advance wildlife conservation.

Friends: Join neighbors in helping refuges restore habitat and expand access to green space.

Local Groups: Find out how communities can work with refuges better for wildlife and people.

Landowners: Learn how you can partner with the Fish and Wildlife Service to voluntarily restore land. 

Youth: Explore paid and unpaid opportunities to learn and develop leadership skills.


Discover for yourself what tens of thousands of volunteers have learned; that volunteering for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is fun and rewarding in many ways. Master new skills, meet new friends, and enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow. 

Please visit volunteer.gov to find your next adventure!

Our Partners

Nature does not recognize human-made boundaries. In order to conserve our natural and cultural resources effectively, we must work with others to bridge these boundaries. Partnerships foster creative solutions to challenging situations and often the results are greater than the sum of the parts.  

The U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service is offering opportunities to graze the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge through Cooperative Agricultural Agreements. The Refuge is located approximately 30 miles south of Valentine, Nebraska.

The purpose of the grazing program is to utilize this important habitat management tool to promote and enhance native grass and wildflower diversity in the prairies, enhance nesting cover for migratory birds and waterfowl, reduce invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

Learn more about invasive species
, and to aid in the control of cattail in the wetlands.

For more information on local and national grazing opportunities, please visit Cooperative Agriculture | U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (fws.gov).