Get Involved

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 members are the lifeblood of the Friends of Eastern Neck, and we welcome you to join us. Your membership contribution is used to support the mission of the Friends and entitles you to the benefits of membership.


We are dependent on volunteers for the functioning of the refuge and Visitor Contact Station and Gift Shop. Volunteers work indoors and outdoors, both with the public and behind the scenes. Volunteers maintain the Butterfly Garden, do trail work, assist with research and perform many other essential tasks.


Generous donations from Refuge supporters enable the Friends to fulfill our mission and support educational and environmental programs at the refuge. Scroll down to make a PAYPAL donation by clicking on the blue button, or for instructions on mailing a donation by check.


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:

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

The Friends of Eastern Neck is a 501(c)(3) organization. Memberships and donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Memberships may be paid by PayPal at the level required by clicking on the appropriate “Buy Now” button below. We are sorry that credit card payments cannot be accepted at present.

If you prefer to pay by personal check, please make your check payable to Friends of Eastern Neck, Inc. for your chosen level of membership, and send to Friends of Eastern Neck, P.O. Box 450, Rock Hall, MD 21661. Write “new member” or “membership renewal” in the notes section of the check. You may also fill in the online form so that we have your contact information and know that your check is on the way.


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

To volunteer, please email us at [email protected]


You can also support the Friends of Eastern Neck by making a one-time donation by check. Write a check payable to Friends of Eastern Neck, Inc., you can mail it to,

Friends of Eastern Neck
P.O. Box 450
Rock Hall, MD 21661