The Friends of Blackwater is a nonprofit
citizens support group founded in 1987, assisting Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland and the
Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex to carry out their
educational, interpretive, and public use missions. Currently our ranks
include over 800 individuals, companies, organizations, and agencies who have helped us
become one of the preeminent voluntary conservation organizations in our area.
Members of the Friends of Blackwater exercise varying degrees of involvement, although many members
find satisfaction in volunteering their time to help the group in its various activities, such as operating The Eagle's Nest Book & Gift Shop in
the Blackwater Refuge Visitor Center. All proceeds from the gift shop go toward purchasing items
or services that are not funded by the Department of Interior.
As federal budgets shrink, groups like the Friends of Blackwater are
more essential than ever in helping to protect treasures such as Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Take a moment
to explore this section and learn more about our current projects, how to become a member or a volunteer, and how to join our mailing list.
* New Scholarship Fund for Maryland Students *
You can also follow the Friends of Blackwater on these social media websites: