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Friends of Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
715 Holgerson Rd., Sequim, WA 98382

Friends of Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Beautiful Spring Day at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Friends of Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge was founded in 2000 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in protecting the rich habitat of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. We provide support for educational, interpretive, and outreach activities that enhance public understanding and promote stewardship for this unique natural resource.



June 1, 2020
Dungeness Discovery Day Postponed
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and Friends have postponed Dungeness Discovery Day until next year. If you're interested in participating or volunteering for the event in 2021, please contact us.

May 27, 2020
Sequim High School Seniors Receive Maxwell Award
Friends of Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge presented the John and Margaret Maxwell Future of Conservation Award to Jessica Dietzman and Vita Olson of Sequim High School. You can read about them here. To learn more about the Maxwell Award click here. Please consider making a donation to support future student conservation awards.

May 2, 2020
Refuge Open
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is open to the public. Please practice physical distancing and leave-no-trace policies if you decide to visit the Refuge. All Refuge Volunteer activities are on hold. Volunteers should not wear uniforms when visiting at this time. Please note that the primitive trail is one way north.

May 1, 2020
Public Comment on Oyster Farm
US Army Corps of Engineers and WA Department of Ecology open comment period on the proposed oyster farm within Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. Comments are due by May 30, 2020. Read more here.

March 25, 2020
Refuge Not Accessible to Public
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 all Clallam County Parks, including the Dungeness Recreation Area, have CLOSED to all visitor access. Since Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge (including the Dungeness Spit) is accessed through the park, there is no access to the Refuge at this time. All volunteer onsite and group activities are on hold.

March 23, 2020
COVID-19 Update for Volunteers
Refuge trails remain open, but the Refuge office is closed to the public and volunteers. Volunteers visiting the Refuge should not be in uniform, and must maintain social distancing. The New Dungeness Light Station has closed. No access, no tours, and no restrooms.

March 18, 2020
COVID-19 Changes for Volunteers
• The Volunteer Refresher and lunch scheduled for April 3rd has been canceled.
• The New Volunteer Training originally scheduled for April 3rd has been postponed and not yet rescheduled.
• Volunteers are asked not to come to the Refuge office unless requested to do so by a staff member.
• Entrance station staffing and trail roving are suspended through the month of April.
• Other Refuge and volunteer activities may be limited or postponed.
• If you decide to come to the Refuge please practice safety protocols. Your personal safety, and the safety of those around you must be your highest priority.

March 8, 2020
The 2020 winter edition of The Brant is now available here.

March 6, 2020
The next Dungeness Discovery Day planning meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 12th at 10:00am at the Refuge conference room.

February 29, 2020
Announcing Dungeness Discovery Day, an all day educational event for kids and families: Saturday, August 1, 2020 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge focusing on the Dungeness Watershed from mountains to sea. Please contact us if your organization or business would like to sponsor or participate in this event.

February 21, 2020
The 2019 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Awards Ceremony was held last night. 2019 Volunteer of the Year is Tom McKinney. Tom had 407 hours of volunteer time last year and has over 950 hours in his career.

Tom McKinney Dungeness 2019 Volunteer of the Year

Tom McKinney is presented 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award by Jennifer Brown-Scott

Janet Bruening was presented with a very special award: Distinguished Volunteer of the Decade. Janet has nearly two decades of service with the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Janet Bruening Dungeness Volunteer of the Decade

Janet Bruening is presented Distinguished Volunteer of the Decade Award by Jennifer Brown-Scott

Thank you to all of you that volunteer!

January 13, 2020
Clallam County Approves Oyster Farm Proposal
Clallam County has approved phase one of the oyster farm proposal. You can read the decision here.  

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All volunteer activities are currently on hold.

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Friends T-shirt available to purchase



Spring 2020

Brant Newsletter 2020

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