Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Go to the ANWR Website for a wealth of information about the Refuge

Contact Laura Bonneau, Visitor Services Manager, 361-286-3559 to sign up or get more information about any of these opportunities.

Roving Interpretive Guide—New!

Do you enjoy meeting people and sharing your knowledge of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge? As a Roving Interpretive Guide, you spend time at a location on the Refuge and help visitors you encounter there to interpret what they are experiencing. With your knowledge of the Refuge, you can enhance visitors’ experience by helping them discover the plants and wildlife around them. You don’t have to be a subject-matter expert; you can make discoveries together! Contact Laura Bonneau for more information and training as needed.  VMS Opportunity Listing – PO: ANWR

Birding Surveys—Updated!

Volunteers are needed to perform monthly bird surveys at the Refuge August through May. We meet at 7:30 am at the refuge headquarters parking lot, usually on the last Saturday of the month. We walk the Rail Trail and Heron Flats Trail, check out the fishing pier, the tower, and the auto loop. After the field work, we meet at headquarters to complete the reporting forms. We are usually out birding until 1 pm and are finished by 3 pm. If you’re interested in taking part in these surveys, please contact Rick Workman. Beginning birders are welcome; it’s a great opportunity to learn. Come for all or part of the day. Bring bug spray, plenty of water, and lunch/snacks. VMS Opportunity listing – FR: Bird Populations. Please specify ANWR in the description.

Pollinator Garden

To get the Pollinator Garden back in shape we will have 2 Tuesday work days per month from now through April.  Please come join us for some fun with burr grass, stinging nettle, prickly poppies, etc., etc.!!

  • January  30
  • February 13, 27
  • March 13, 27
  • April  10, 24

We will start at 8:00 am and, depending upon the temperature, work until 11:00 am.  Hope to see you there! If you want to carpool please check your roster and contact Linda Frank and she will work it out. She is also willing to set up some Saturdays if some of you would like to work then – let her know. VMS Opportunity listing – PO: ANWR

Shuttle Bus Tours

Free tours for Refuge visitors generally run on weekends from January until about the end of April. Contact Laura Bonneau for more information or training information. Read a story in the Archives to learn why you might want to participate. VMS Opportunity listing – TR: ANWR direct education 

Visitor Center Staffing

Volunteers are sometimes needed to staff the Visitor Center front desk. If you’d like to help, contact Visitor Services Manager Laura Bonneau by email or at (361) 286-3559 ext. 236. VMS Opportunity listing – PO: ANWR

Adopt-a-Trail Maintenance

Help keep trails trimmed & clean for good public access as needed. For more information, contact Laura Bonneau. VMS Opportunity listing – NPA: ANWR


Help gather the refuge recyclable material & take it to the recycle center on an as-needed basis. For more information, contact Laura Bonneau. VMS Opportunity listing – RM: ANWR

Other Opportunities at ANWR

Contact Visitor Services Manager Laura Bonneau to find out what special events are coming up or to volunteer.

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