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 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. Visit Volunteers.gov for more information or contact Christine_Donald@fws.gov


Discover for yourself what tens of thousands of volunteers have learned: Volunteering for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is fun and rewarding in many ways. Master new skills. Meet new friends. Enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow. Check out our station's latest volunteer opportunities on volunteer.gov.  

Our Partners

Nature does not recognize human-made boundaries. In order to conserve our natural and cultural resources effectively, we must work with others to bridge these boundaries. Partnerships foster creative solutions to challenging situations and often the results are greater than the sum of the parts. Learn more about our local partners. 

The Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge works closely with the following partners. They play a very important role in helping the refuge accomplish its mission. 

  • Friends of the Wildlife Corridor 
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife 
  • Valley Nature Center 
  • Valley Land Fund 
  • Valley Proud Environmental Council 
  • Pharr- San Juan – Alamo School District 


  • Rio Reforestation  
  • Youth hunting  

Education Programs

Open the door to a potentially life-changing experience. If you land a student internship, a fellowship or a volunteer opportunity at a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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, fish hatchery or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service site, you’re bound to come away with new insights and excitement about conservation. We encourage you to look into the following programs:  

  • Youth Conservation Core  
  • American Conservation Environment  
  • Student Conservation Association 
  • Hispanic Access Foundation 
  • Directorate Fellowship Program