Ways to Get Involved

National wildlife refuges partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and local community members to make a lasting difference. Getting involved at Wapato Lake NWR is a great opportunity to learn new skills and help to conserve our public lands. With a variety of opportunities in a wide range of programs, anything from visitor services to habitat management, there is a place for everyone.


Volunteering for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a great way to engage in conservation work, and get involved in the community. With volunteer opportunities in nearly every aspect of the refuge, from our biology program to visitor services, there are a multitude of ways to gain new skills and meet new people. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Our Refuge: In 2007 the Wapato Lake units were added to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, and in 2013, this land was designated as Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge with the express purpose of protecting and restoring important habitats for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and people....

Our Partners

Work with our local partners throughout the community allow us to further our mission to “to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.” Partnerships help us to work within our community, and to be a community asset of conservation. Learn more about our local partners below.

The refuge works closely with our Friends group, the Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The mission of the Friends is "to promote the conservation and welfare of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Complex for all dependent species and to enrich the lives of citizens through education and experience." The Friends support the refuge in almost all aspects of conservation, including biological, educational, and outreach work.