National Wildlife Refuge System

Friends Forward August 2013

Teaching a New Generation
"How do we teach a new generation to love the land when pavement is what they usually meet?" Today, 80 percent of Americans live in cities, far removed from the rural communities that brought close connections to natural resources. Read more...
Friend to Friend: Planting and Partying

Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges made a major contribution to the Delta Marsh Restoration project with funds, labor and laughter. Read more...

Friends Academy: Energy for New Adventures

"Incredible facility, excellent facilitators, wonderful new friends!"  Participants are exuberant during Friends Academy, and ready to take on new challenges when they go home.  Read more...

Friend to Friend: Who Knew You Could Recycle Cigarette Butts?

Recycled cigarette butts may be gross, but they proved to be a catalyst for collaboration between the Friends of Big Muddy National Wildlife Refuge, MO, and students at the University of Missouri. Read more...

Speak Up Please! Oral History in the Local Community

Nobody knows the local area better than lifelong residents who have witnessed change over time. Here are tips on learning from their experience. Read more...


Visitor Survey Results from 25 More Refuges
Results from a 2012 visitor survey at 25 refuges are now available, offering provide valuable information for site-specific management as well as transportation and other planning.  
Results for the 25 refuges
Results from 53 refuges surveyed in 2010-11

Every Day Capacity Building Grant applications are due October 30 to the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). 

Watch Friends of National Wildlife Refuges Facebook page and RefugeFriendsConnect for information in late September about criteria for National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) grants, with proposals due at the end of November/early December. 


Duck Stamp
The 2013 Federal and Junior Duck Stamps are now on sale. Learn more about this year’s contest as well as the Junior Duck Stamp program here.


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Last updated: August 23, 2013