The Friends of Eastern Neck operate on a volunteer and donation basis, meaning it is our dedicated volunteers, members, and supporters who make our work possible. Because of this, we are always looking for new people to welcome to the Friends. Volunteers and members alike often become Friends board members, Friends committee chairs, or help purchase equipment for the Refuge. All and every form of help is welcome.


Our active volunteer network helps with both outdoor and indoor activities. Volunteers staff the refuge bookstore and giftshop, as well as coordinate activities and environmental education both at public events, and here at the refuge.


Generous donations from our supporters and members are how we help plan and develop new attractions and events, as well as maintain existing ones. Your contributions enable us to fulfill our mission at the refuge.

Our volunteers help support the objectives for Eastern Neck set forth by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by participating in the following activities:

Birding – lead bird walks and maintain birdhouses
Gardening – maintain the gardens, especially the Butterfly Garden and Bayscaped garden at the Cape Chester House
Cleanups – remove debris and trash from trails, beaches, and marshes
Trail Maintenance – mow grass, construct decks, boardwalks, and paths
Surveys/Monitoring – collect data about waterfowl, invasive species etc
Hunting and Fishing – assist with the seasonal programs hosted by the refuge (deer, turkey hunts, and youth fishing events)
Special projects –  develop and assist special projects e.g. bluebird nesting box rehabilitation and survey

If you are considering becoming a volunteer, have a group that would like to volunteer, or have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]


Annual membership brings you quarterly newsletters, invitations to special events at the Refuge, and a 10% discount at the bookstore/gift shop located in the lodge. 

Membership levels:

Tundra Swan  |  $500   
Blue Heron  |  $250
Eagle |  $100
Patron |  $50
Friend |  $25

The Friends of Eastern Neck has been approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization so these annual donations are tax deductible.

You can become a member by mailing the completed form below to P.O. Box 450, Rock Hall, MD 21661. Please include a check payable to Friends of Eastern Neck, Inc. for your chosen level of membership. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

You can also support our work by making a one-time donation online or by check. If you would like to write a check payable to Friends of Eastern Neck, Inc., you can mail it to P.O. Box 450, Rock Hall, MD 21661.

If you would like to make an online donation, please click the button below.

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