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The Friends of NCTC is a membership organization that supports the work of NCTC, including its outreach programs to the community. Volunteers this past year helped in the library, coordinated the community lecture series and participated in the Wild Read Program.

Scholarships for Wildlife Refuge Volunteers

The Friends of the National Conservation Training Center provides financial support to help National Wildlife Refuge and Fisheries Systems Friends and other volunteers attend NCTC training courses that will enhance their knowledge and skills to benefit their refuges.

Purchase a brick for the Fallen Comrades Memorial

Support the Fallen Comrades Memorial. Friends of NCTC administers a “brick fund” for paving the courtyard surrounding the fallen comrades wall. The wall is a memorial to FWS employees who have died in the line of duty. Bricks can be purchased for $100 and can carry your inscription. Read more about Fallen Comrades Memorial Inscriptions.

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Join us on our Weekly Evening Paddling Tours!

Joins us at the NCTC for our weekly, interpretive kayak paddle on the Potomac River! This biologist-led tour, leaving directly from the NCTC boat ramp, will help you to identify local flora and fauna by the river. Protection and restoration of our local watershed will be discussed as you learn more about the human impacts on our local river environment. Kids under 14 are FREE!


Interested in helping us with our fundraising efforts? We want to hear from people interested in playing an important fundraising leadership role. Email us if you can offer your skills and enjoy joining our volunteer efforts in supporting conservation! Email us today!

Those interested in fundraising may enjoy this special issue on fundraising in Friends Forward, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service newsletter. Friends Forward Special Fundraising Issue

Supporting the NCTC

We actively support the mission of the National Conservation Training Center by supporting their community outreach programs and extending the reach of this world-class facility.

Some of the programs we support include:

  • Administration of scholarship program to provide training for refuge volunteers and Friends group members
  • American Conservation Film Festival
  • Fallen Comrades Memorial-brick fund
  • Wednesday Evenings with Friends: Chat and Film Series
  • "Member-only" tours of the NCTC museum archives
  • 6th grade Science Olympiad
  • Habitat restoration and reforestation
  • Member docents for paddling tours
  • Member docents for Duck Stamp Art Contest

Receive a DVD when you donate $10.00 or more!

Enjoy the brand new documentary filmed by Robert Owens of Eagle Rock Productions and Audra Haddock Martenot. The film discusses the importance of connecting people with nature, with a special emphasis on children. We will send the film to you with a $10.00 donation (plus $2.50 shipping). All proceeds go to Friends of the NCTC.

One With Life DVD

Donation plus $2.50 shipping

Filmmaker Rob Owens of Eagle Rock Productions, crafts a beautiful and moving documentary of the lives of the eagles at the NCTC. With its incredible and up-close footage, When Eagles Dream, brings you into the eagle nest, allowing one to witness nature and the eagle pair as they care for their eaglet. This is a very special film and is yours with a $10.00 donation (plus $2.50 for shipping and handling). Film is approximately 14 minutes in length. All proceeds go to the Friends of the NCTC.

When Eagles Dream

Donation plus $2.50 shipping

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A conservation success story

Visible from many locations around the NCTC campus is an active eagle's nest. The eagles should return to the nest annually in the winter for many years to raise their fledglings and we are so pleased to be able to share with you a live cam of the nest.

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