Friends of the National Conservation Training Center

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

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

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

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Attend our lectures, films, paddling tours, volunteer opportunities, and more!
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2017 Biologist-led Paddling Tours!

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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

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Two eggs!

February 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

There are now two eggs in the nest! Belle was turning them when I checked at 8:00 pm. Go Belle! She finished off with a […]

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We have an egg!!!!

February 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Wonderful news!!!! We have the first egg! One was spotted yesterday evening (Feb 17). There has been a lot of activity and it looks like […]

Blowin’ in the Wind…

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

This windy, almost summery, day finds one eagle on the nest and she was staying put as I watched. Perhaps she is ready to lay […]

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Hello, Eagle Fans! I’d like to introduce myself….

February 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

I will be posting in this blog as we all watch our beloved eagle pair. I am not an eagle expert by any means, just […]

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Wildlife Refuge Volunteers Win Friends of NCTC Scholarships

June 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Friends of the National Conservation Training Center awarded scholarships for national wildlife refuge volunteers. The scholarships allowed the refuge volunteers to take wildlife conservation classes […]



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!

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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!

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