Friends of the National Conservation Training Center

Supporting conservation education and outreach efforts of the National Conservation Training Center

Become a Member!
Enjoy films, lectures, volunteering, and more while supporting conservation efforts!

Become a Member!
Contribute to conservation training, education, scholarships, and public outreach.

Make a Donation
Attend our lectures, films, paddling tours, volunteer opportunities, and more!

Come to Events


Members:  Blood Drive at NCTC

red-cross-friends-of-nctcThe National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, July 9 from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM in the gym near Common (Dining Hall).  This drive continues a long tradition of supporting the Red Cross effort to have a safe and ready blood and blood product supply for people.  There have been 16 drives at the NCTC since it’s opening. The need is and continues to be great.

Please contact to schedule an appointment or log on to and after establishing an account, search for NCTC, you will see our scheduled drive and be able to make your appointment online.

Getting to NCTC – Maps and Directions:

Join us for our Biologist-led Paddling Tour!

Friends of NCTC | Paddling Tour

Photo by Kathy Riggs Shelton

One evening per week from mid-May through early September, the Friends of NCTC host a weekly interpretive kayak paddle on the Potomac River.

Learn more!



Watch and support our Eagle Cam!

Friends of the National Conservation Training Center | Eagle SlideWatch the eagles at the NCTC live!  We’re very excited to announce that we will be funding a new camera and the supporting equipment next year so that visitors will have an improved view of the eagles.

Watch and Support the Eagle Cam!


What we do

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
  • Fundraising
  • 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
Learn more about us!

Online Book Discussion

America’s Wild Read

Whether you are a nature enthusiast, book lover, young conservationist, student, teacher, or Refuge friend, you are invited to participate in America’s WildRead community discussion. We provide this blog in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation Library. All are welcome!

Visit America’s Wild Read