Friends Help Refuges Meet Urban Standards


Know and Relate to the Community

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is participating in a two-year study that could help it become a more valued urban community asset.


Build Partnerships

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Nearly 400 people visited Minnesota Valley Refuge for four productions of the original play, "After the Birds Taught Me to Fly." Credit: Bob Gaylord

Bloomington, using an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, matched Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge with PlaceBase Productions, a Minnesota company that uses art and story to connect people to their common places. Friends audition for parts and promoted the PlaceBase original musical that was performed on the refuge.


Provide Equitable Access

Friends of Parker River Refuge, MA, led a fundraising effort to replace a vandalized beach buggy for people in wheelchairs.


Ensure Visitors Feel Safe and Welcome

Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM, provided funds to buy cameras and field journals so fourth and fifth graders could produce a field guide to the refuge. The guide is still being sold in the nature store four years later.


Model Sustainability

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Jonathan is on the ground and in the water helping to control invasive Chinese tallow and giant salvinia at Red River Refuge, LA. Credit: Friends of Red River

High school volunteers, including students with intellectual disabilities, prepared and distributed a brochure showing invasive plants and native alternatives for home gardening.


Standards of Excellence

Photo of Nekton sampling during SMI training. Photo Credit: Katrina Papanastassiou/USFWS

Where We Are

Children holding Get Your Goose On! flags at Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Alaska.

Know Your Community

Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Credit: USFWS
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Last modified: June 14, 2016
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