Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
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Our mission Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. is an independent, volunteer based, nonprofit corporation dedicated to supporting the US FWS Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and assisting it to achieve its mission.

Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Fundraising Volunteer

Fundraising volunteers identify grant funding sources and write applications, support the Hellcat Trail Boardwalk Plank Fundraiser team by assisting with photographing planks and transporting them to/from the engraver, and create additional fundraising opportunities.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Visitor Services

Visitor services volunteers greet and orient visitors; lead guided tours via bike, kayak, or van; help to monitor and maintain boardwalks, trails, parking lots, and roadsides; staff annual events; assist refuge staff on existing environmental programs or create new ones; and act as Plover Wardens.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Habitat Projects

Habitat Project volunteers remove invasive plant species that threaten the native plants of the Parker River NWR, participate in beach clean-ups, and perform general landscape and infrastructure maintenance for trails and boardwalks.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 16-20, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Outreach Volunteer

Outreach volunteers help by writing articles for local news media and our Facebook page, participating in community events, coordinating outreach events, helping build partnerships with local groups and organizations, generating interest in refuge volunteer tasks, and assist with the recruitment of new members.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you help Whether you have a few hours once in a while or a few hours on a regular weekly or monthly basis, the Friends’ and the Refuge would welcome your help! Volunteering can be fun, satisfying, and a great way to meet new friends with similar interests, while also working to protect the special environment of the Parker River NWR.
About us Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to supporting the US Fish & Wildlife Service Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is located on Plum Island, a barrier island and nearby Great Salt Marsh area in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, along the major bird migration route known as the Atlantic Flyway. It is comprised of more than 4,700 acres of pristine coastal habitat for more than 300 species of resident and migratory birds, as well as a large variety of mammals, insects, fish, reptiles and amphibians. In addition to wildlife conservation, the Refuge provides unique opportunities to experience an undeveloped, coastal environment near major metropolitan areas.
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