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The Friends group provides an opportunity for members and non-members to contribute directly to local wildlife sanctuaries and children’s environmental educational needs. Here are a few programs and projects that we support:

  • Fishing Frenzy
  • Refuge Week
  • Bison herd management
  • Birding
  • Photography
  • Hiking (inside and outside the fence)
  • Biking (trail outside the fence)
  • Community outreach
  • Wheels to Wildlife (bus transportation to the refuge for low-income students)
  • Egli House refurbishing
  • Endangered Black-footed Ferret Management

Please DONATE TODAY by clicking the button below to ensure these vital programs continue!


Membership fees are used to support member programs and the needs of our two refuges.  As a member, you will have the power to ensure others, especially children, have an opportunity to experience the outdoors and develop a love of nature. The Friends Group is a vital community that offers advance information, special discounts and exclusive events and experiences to its members.

Membership dues are tax-deductible contributions. The benefits offered at each level of membership are shown below. Become a member online today! Or, complete a membership form and mail it to the address listed with a check.

Here are the benefits of membership at each level:

Individual – $40, Senior – $30, Full-time Student – $20

  • Membership welcome package
  • Newsletter
  • Free participation in members-only events throughout the year
  • Early notification of events sponsored by the Friends Group for a limited number of participants but open to the public through quarterly newsletters
  • Voting privileges
  • 10% discount on purchases every day at the bookstore
  • 20% discount on special members-only shopping nights
  • Connection with a like-minded environmental community
  • An investment in the future of the refuge system and its wildlife

Family – $60

  • Includes all benefits stated above
  • Membership of all immediate family members
  • Voting privileges – only one vote per membership

Business – $500

  • Membership welcome package
  • All employees receive 10% discount every day at the bookstore
  • Business member recognition at Friends Group events
  • Business member recognition in one quarterly newsletter – the newsletter which mails out nearest to the date the business becomes a member
  • Connection with unique community treasures that draw numerous visitors who participate in the local economy
  • An investment in the future of the refuge system and its wildlife

Lifetime – $1000

  • Includes all benefits stated above
  • 20% discount on purchases every day at the bookstore
  • Choice of one merchandise item from the bookstore under $50

To purchase your membership online, click here.