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.


Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge volunteers at observation deck

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. Learn new skills, meet new friends and enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow.

Refuge volunteers are vital to the refuge mission. Volunteers contribute hundreds of hours each year to help meet this mission through monitoring bird populations, leading school groups, maintaining trails, taking photos, helping in the office and repairing equipment and facilities.

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.

Friends of Trempealeau Refuge is committed to providing an independent citizen voice for the protection, conservation and enhancement of fish and wildlife and their habitats at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.

Education Programs

School Programs

Outdoors Wonder Learning Center building at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

Listen. Observe. Breathe deep. Come and explore the refuge as an outdoor classroom, discovering firsthand the excitement and mystery of the natural world.

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of interpretive programs and environmental education programs tailored to meet state curriculum guidelines. Students of all ages are welcome. 

Environmental education programs focus on national wildlife issues including wildlife, history, archaeology, culture, and habitats. Wildlife ecology programs address a number of wildlife conservation issues including wetland and prairie conservation, migratory bird management, invasive species invasive species
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, habitat restoration, and endangered species conservation. Programs also involve development of outdoor skills which enhance appreciation of wildlife and their habitats.

For more information about refuge school programs please contact Dana M. Schelling 

River Education Days (RED)

Group of students River Education Days at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

A daylong outdoor, hands-on educational event for fifth graders in Wisconsin and Minnesota. RED is a fun and educational event with theme stations and a keynote speaker of which the students rotate through during the course of the event. Presenters will conduct learning sessions about the river and the Mississippi River watershed through demonstrations, interactive exhibits, and hands-on activities. The four target themes for our event are: Wetlands, Prairie/Forest Habitats, Wildlife, and River History.

RED is usually offered during the third week of May, during Tuesday and Wednesday. Teachers may register by phone or email. Schools will be entered as they are received and after the first 500 students are signed up each day, registration will close. Registration fills up fast! To register contact Dana M. Schelling 

Note: RED is being offered two consecutive days – a school will attend only one of the two days, not both.

Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program integrates art and science into a hands-on learning experience. Through art and science, this program teaches students in grades K through 12 the value of wetlands and the waterfowl that use them. Each year hundreds of students participate in their state’s program nationwide.

The program began in 1989 as an extension of the Migratory Bird Conservation and Hunting Stamp, commonly known as the Federal Duck Stamp. The national Junior Duck Stamp art contest started in 1993 and the first stamp design was selected from the eight participating states. The program was recognized by Congress with the 1994 enactment of the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act.

Learn more about the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program

Special Events

World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is celebrated each year the second Saturday of May. This event celebrates one of the naturel wonders! This event is a festival full of fun and educational activities where participants will learn about bird migration, bird species, can join a bird hike, watch a bird banding demonstration and more!

Our festival will feature a variety of activities that will give you birding fever. One way to join birding conservation is to join us to celebrate.