VOLUNTEER Opportunity

FRIENDS VOLUNTEERS ASSIST with all of the events, teaching fishing and boating safety, helping weigh in fish or take a hook out of a fish, help a child with a craft, cook a campfire supper and lead a tour. The opportunities are endless. To volunteer contact the Friends by email friendsofquivira98@gmail.com or calling the Refuge, 620-486-2393 and leaving your name, contact information and what area you would like to volunteer in.

Just a few of the volunteer opportunities to choose from, volunteer today and start making a difference:

  • Events-- Arts and crafts, meal preparations and serving, edu- cational presentations, relief worker, donations of cookies and/or desserts
  • Visitor services-- providing tours, helping keep the Visitor Center open, biological bird and wildlife surveys
  • Administrative serve as a board member, grant writing and data research, mass mailings, newsletter articles, membership drive assistance
  • Outreach and publicity--Working information booths or getting brochures and informational materials ready for distribution
  • And Special projects as they are determined






Gordon Hedrick of St. John has been volunteering with FOQ since the organization was founded, serving on the board and as president. Gordon also helps out at the Fishing Clinic, teaching boating safety, at hunting education workshops and as one of the head "Campfire Cooks."  "The Friends of Quivira reach out to children of all ages, our next generation to love nature and her creatures," Hedrick said, when asked why he stays so involved in FOQ. "Any experience on the Refuge with children is enhanced, better than on your own, from bird watching to cooking dinner with Dad (at Mothers Day Off)."


Mary Pat Haddican of St. John, is an avid bird watcher. She assists with Friends events as a guide during spring and fall migration. Haddican offers to take small tour groups through the Refuge during spring and fall migration to find whooping cranes and shorebirds. She also volunteers at the Refuge, conducting shorebird surveys during spring and fall shorebird migration. "Volunteering is a great opportunity to learn more about the Refuge and its wildlife under the guidance of the experts on the staff," Haddican said. "Quivira is an internationally-known birding spot," Haddican said. "Whether your interest is watching geese and cranes against the setting sun or scrounging the back roads for lifers (bird life list), you can find it at Quivira."  


To become a FOQ member and an active participant in promoting Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, complete the member-ship form either online of by downloading the form and mailing it to us.  At this point with do not accept payment for member-ship dues online;  but the information to mail your dues in can be found on the membership form page.

Friends of Quivira Membership Form and Info

ADVANTAGE of membership

Becoming a Friends of Quivira Member allows you not only to know your contribution assists in promoting Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, but also offers the following benefits to you :

  • Subscription to Quivira Notes newsletter
  • Option to take part in member only tours of the refuge
  • These are just a few of the benefits to Friends of Quivira Members
  • Subscription to The Quill newsletter