Ways to Get Involved
Whether you want to further conservation through hands-on opportunities, learn more about nature by joining a program or event, or share your love of nature with our youngest generations, you’ve come to the right place!
National Wildlife Refuges provide many opportunities for you to get involved and help your community by doing what you love. We partner with other government agencies, non-profit organizations, volunteers, youth/community groups, school, landowners, and neighbors in order to successfully carryout our mission. Find out how you can help below!
Bring the skills you already have or learn some new ones by volunteering at the refuge complex. Many opportunities exist for you to donate your time and talents for conservation. Whether you want to give a few hours now or hope to participate in weekly or monthly activities, the refuge has projects for individuals and groups. Explore the list below for ways to support local wildlife.
To ensure conservation measures are needed or working effectively, environmental conditions and wildlife are monitored on an on-going basis. Everything from birds, amphibians, and fish to beach debris, habitat andare monitored at the refuge. Some existing knowledge is helpful to complete these tasks. Training may be available.
Buildings, sign and trails take effort to maintain. Adopt a trail, help inventory and maintain refuge signs, keep our headquarters grounds looking great or donate your carpentry skills.
It takes a village to keep refuge lands looking good. Go on litter patrol or search for and pull invasive plants. Several restoration projects need on-going plant removal.
Education and Outreach
Sharing the stories of wildlife and conservation is an important part of ensuring a future full of land stewards and refuge support. There are many ways to contribute, from behind the scenes or on the front line.
There are plenty to do in the office, too! Help with data entry, filing or scanning historic documents. Use your natural history skills to identify images of plants or fungus and help refuge staff manage the extensive image files.
Conservation Events and Activities
On occasion the refuge seeks volunteers to participate in conservation activities such as tree planting, weed-pulling, trash pick-ups, wildlife counts or capture. Look for these events on our website or Facebook page.
Excited by something on the list or have unique talents you want to share? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When it comes to the conservation of wildlife, every piece of the puzzle is needed; from the obscure juvenile stage of the Pacific lamprey to healthy stream systems, a thriving estuary, and the people that interact with this place. Landscape-level conservation and species survival requires large-scale thinking and shared resources to be successful. Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex partners with a multitude of agencies, organizations and individuals to combine resources such as knowledge, equipment, land, and people for wildlife-focused conservation efforts.
Wings Over Willapa Festival
This annual birding and nature festival is a celebration of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge’s many species and diverse habitats. We’ll have an amazing array of tours, workshops and other events happening all around the Long Beach Peninsula and Willapa Bay.
Whether you’re an experienced birder or just getting acquainted with the great outdoors, nature lovers of all ages are sure to find plenty to do. We look forward to seeing you!
We’ll be returning for Wings Over Willapa on September 23-25, 2022 – we invite you to join us!
This event is hosted with our Friends Group, Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge.