About the Friends
Friends of Eastern Neck was incorporated in 1997 by local citizens to support the public use objectives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. It fulfills its mission through volunteer services, staffing the Refuge Bookstore, and organizing special projects and programs to engage people in recreational activities and stewardship of the refuge.
Donations to the Refuge or the Friends can be made by sending a check made out to The Friends of Eastern Neck at The Friends of Eastern Neck, P.O. Box 450, Rock Hall, MD 21661. On the Memo line, be sure to indicate whether this is a donation to the Refuge or to the Friends. We welcome any support for enhancing the mission of the Refuge.
The Visitor Center is located in a restored and historic 1930s hunting lodge. Wildlife exhibits share space with other displays that chronicle the history of the Eastern Neck Island and the Refuge.
The Friends operate the Bookstore and Gift Shop. It is stocked with nature-themed articles, serious birding guides and other books, outdoor clothing, learning toys for kids of all ages, and original bird carvings donated by a member of the Friends. Income from sales is used to pay for projects and programs at the Refuge.
The bookstore is open daily 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. January through March and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April through December. It is staffed by dedicated volunteers who can also answer most questions about the Refuge, and lend binoculars to visitors who left theirs at home. Just ask at the desk.