Ways to Get Involved

Whether you want to further conservation, learn more about nature or share your love of the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. National wildlife refuges provide many opportunities for you to help your community and fish and wildlife by doing what you love. National wildlife refuges partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and residents of urban and coastal communities to make a lasting difference. Find out how you can help make American lands healthier and communities stronger while doing something personally satisfying.

Volunteers: Gain new experiences and meet new people while helping to advance wildlife conservation.

Friends: Join neighbors in helping refuges restore habitat and expand access to green space.

Landowners: Learn how you can partner with the Fish and Wildlife Service to voluntarily restore land.

Local Groups:

Find out how communities can work with refuges better for wildlife and people.

Youth: Explore paid and unpaid opportunities to learn and develop leadership skills.

At E.F.H. ACE Basin NWR, we welcome volunteers and our friends and, work to forge partnerships with local landowners and communities. Join us as we work to restore and enhance habitats for wildlife species, promote conservation efforts for migratory birds and, provide recreation opportunities for people of all ages that support our conservation objectives on the refuge. Are you ready to get involved? If so, please contact the Refuge Manager at acebasin@fws.gov or call (843) 889-3082. 


Volunteers play vital roles in the conservation and protection of habitats, wildlife and the historical values of the refuge. Whatever your interests and talents, your volunteer service is encouraged and welcomed at E.F.H. ACE Basin NWR.

Volunteer opportunities may be seasonal in their nature and include:

Habitat maintenance and restoration

Invasive species control

Facility maintenance

Wildlife surveys

Visitor information and orientation services

Natural and Historical interpretation

Consider becoming a Resident Volunteer if you travel with a self-contained recreational vehicle. Two RV sites with water, electric and sewage hook-ups are available.

Contact Jason “Brett” Craig, Wildlife Refuge Specialist, at 843.889.3084 or email jason_craig@fws.gov  for volunteer opportunities at the refuge.

Our Partners

E.F.H. ACE Basin NWR is an area within the larger ACE Basin Project, a unique350,000 acre land protection project representing the largest estuarine resource in the state. The refuge is a partner with the ACE Basin Task Force, a consortium of private landowners, conservation organizations, state and federal agencies organized to plan and coordinate protection efforts within the Basin. The Task Force works to maintain the Basin’s natural character, protect strategic tracts of habitat and, ensure that traditional uses like farming, forestry, recreational and commercial fishing, and hunting will continue.

Education Programs

Education programs for local grade schools are conducted in concert with the Friends of Coastal South Carolina. Upon request and when available, refuge staff will present specific programs and tours for youth and adult groups.