This program enables official Friends members and/or USFWS volunteers the opportunity to take online and in-class training offered by the USFWS National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) for FREE. Tuition, meals and lodging waived and travel will be reimbursed. If you are seeking to build skills to support your refuge, hatchery and/or organization more effectively, start by browsing upcoming NCTC courses. You can also browse this illustrated Course Guide for planning your training needs and a quick view FY18 Schedule.
For more information about the training waiver program and/or to get started with signing up for a course, download the FY18 Waiver Program Announcement.
National Wildlife Refuge System Friends Academy is an advanced training program for board members of refuge Friends organizations beyond the formative stages of development. The purpose of the week-long Academy is to cultivate emerging Friends leaders by providing a broader understanding of the National Wildlife Refuge System and enhancing nonprofit and partnership skills to increase the effectiveness of Friends/Service partnerships. Upon completion of this five-day course, you will be able to:
Friends Academy Application
Friends Academy will be held August 6-10, 2018 at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
Download application for more information
The application deadline is April 16, 2018.
The friends mentoring program is an outstanding partnership support program that offers peer-to-peer coaching for refuge and fisheries Friends organizations and their respective Service partners to help the partnership flourish and sustain success over time. Whether a group is just getting started and needs help to get organized, draft bylaws, and apply for 501(c)(3) status; is at a turning point and seeks guidance before taking on a significant new project; or needs help to keep from disbanding, the mentoring program is available as an impressive resource—free of charge for qualifying Friends organizations and their Service partners.
There are two application cycles for the mentoring program each year:
If selected for mentoring, partnerships can have a pair of mentors travel to their station, at no cost to the station or Friends organization, for peer-to-peer coaching.
US Fish and Wildlife Service Friends Quarterly Webinar recordings can be found here: