Annual Volunteer Training at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) needs volunteers to assist with a variety of programs, including staffing the Visitor Center front desk, maintaining the beneficial insect and butterfly garden, leading interpretive and educational programs, conducting biological monitoring, and much more.

Volunteers play a critical role in helping the Refuge fulfill its mission. Over 180,000 visitors from all over the world visit Blackwater NWR each year to photograph wildlife, hike trails, paddle waterways, and enjoy the scenic landscapes. Established in 1933 as a refuge for migratory birds, the Refuge has one of the highest concentrations of nesting bald eagles on the Atlantic coast, and the largest protected population of Delmarva fox squirrels. With over 28,000 acres of rich tidal marsh, mixed hardwood and pine forest, managed freshwater wetlands and several hundred acres of cropland, Blackwater NWR supports a diversity of wildlife. If you love wildlife and wild places, consider volunteering at Blackwater NWR!

Every August, Blackwater NWR holds a Volunteer Information Session to update new and seasoned volunteers on current Refuge projects and new volunteer opportunities. On August 6, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the training will be held at the Blackwater NWR Visitor Center. This training session is open to current volunteers as well as any member of the public interested in becoming a Refuge volunteer.

To learn more about the volunteer program at Blackwater NWR or to register for this volunteer workshop, please contact Michele Whitbeck, Refuge Volunteer Coordinator, at 410-221-8157 or If you need directions to Blackwater NWR, visit our Frequently Asked Questions. Come help make the Refuge a better place for wildlife and people alike!

[Note: This page will be updated when the 2017 Annual Volunteer Training information is available.]