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From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources. 

Volunteers play a vital role in helping the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fulfill its mission of conserving, protecting and enhancing America's fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats.  The volunteer program at Red River National Wildlife Refuge provides people with hands-on opportunities to engage in wildlife conservation and education.  Volunteers and our non-profit partner, the Friends of the Red River National Wildlife Refuge, have been helping the refuge since it was established in 2002. 



Local residents can help the refuge in various ways.  If interested, please call the refuge office at 318-742-1219 and ask to speak with the volunteer coordinator.

Each volunteer must complete the required volunteer form.  Youth must have their parent or guardian sign the form.  Bring the completed form with you when you meet the volunteer coordinator.

volunteer form


Resident Volunteers

The refuge has two recreation vehicle pads for resident volunteers at the Headquarters Unit.  For more information about the RV volunteer program and how to apply, visit www.volunteer.gov.  




It is important for all refuge volunteers to keep track of the hours they spend at the refuge volunteering each year, please use the link below to record and send your hours to the refuge volunteer coordinator.

Online Volunteer Hours Submission Form

If are unable to submit hours online or prefer to use a paper form, use the paper form below and return to the refuge.

Paper Volunteer Hours Submission Form




Learn more about the Friends of the Red River National Wildlife Refuge and their mission and how you can become a member by visiting their website.



More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century.