About Friends

Who We Are

The Friends of Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization. Its mission is to support KNWR in its efforts to protect, manage and conserve wildlife through education and conservation. The Friends of KNWR connects our community with KNWR through environmental education and interpretive programs. The Friends of KNWR also fosters an appreciation for Boundary County’s abundant natural resources.

What We Do

Friends of KNWR hosts Refuge Bird Walks. Bird Walks are on the third Saturday of selected months at 9AM. See the Home page for months when Bird Walks will occur. The walks convene at KNWR’s Education Barn. Details for each walk are posted on the Friends of KNWR Facebook page. In addition, email announcements are sent to FKNWR members.

FKNWR hosts a few programs at the Refuge, normally held in the refuge Education Barn. They focus on topics of interest to Friends members. Recent topics range from bats to geology to birds of prey. Look for information on this site, on our Facebook page, and in email announcements sent to Friends members.

Owl Program at KNWR

Owl Program Photo by Nancy Russell, © NLRPhotography ()

Occasionally there are volunteer opportunities at the refuge. They are identified by refuge staff and publicized via an email to Friends members and a notice on the Friends of KNWR Facebook page. Go to announcements for upcoming events.

Get Involved

Please join us in supporting the refuge. You will receive information about our programs and volunteer opportunities by becoming a member of the Friends of KNWR. A membership is $10. Please give us your email address so we can add you to our announcements distribution list.

You can also purchase Refuge-related items which can be picked up at the Refuge office.