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“That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.” - Aldo Leopold

  • How Can I Help?

    Volunteer Community Service Day opportunities for the public and students vary upon season and will be posted on the website.

    When a regular volunteer or paid seasonal position becomes available it will be posted on the website for open recruitment.  Currently, all positions are filled.

    If you're interested in working with rehabilitated animals, please contact the Sacramento Wildlife Care Association. The refuge does not rehabilitate injured or orphaned animals.  

    Another great way to volunteer at the refuge is through the Sacramento Tree Foundation, who holds several habitat restoration days on the refuge throughout the year. To sign-up and volunteer for these projects, checkout the Sacramento Tree Foundation webpage for upcoming workdays.

  • Project BudBurst

    Project Budburst

    Looking for a fun way to help out while learning about plants?  You bet!  It's easy, just become a Project BudBurst citizen scientist for the refuge while you are out enjoying nature on Blue Heron Trails. It's a nationwide Citizen Science project that Refuges has partnered to monitor long-term climate change on seasonal timing of plant flowering, fruiting, etc. All you have to do is write what you observe for any of our 10 selected plants while you are enjoying a nice walk, and then input your data on the Project BudBurst webpage for Stone Lakes. The plants that were picked to monitor are ones that can all be found on Blue Heron Trails. It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors while lending your nature observations to a science monitoring project!


  • Friends Group

    Friends Group logo

    The refuge is actively supported by a 501(c)(3) non-profit friends group, Friends of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The Friends group is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors and manages a refuge endowment, memberships, quarterly newsletter, and supports many refuge programs. Checkout the Friends of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge website for more information about their involvement in the community and refuge.

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