The Friends of Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2006. The Friends support Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge and its programs, advocating for the lands under Refuge management and for educational and restoration programs. The Friends envision the Refuge as a destination for visitors from around the Treasure Valley as well as from across the country and the world.
The Friends continue to:
- Publish the Grebe Newsletter to inform others about projects and events (upcoming, ongoing, and completed), wildlife sightings, volunteers, and other refuge news.
- Supports outreach programs to area schools, public markets, and other events.
- Assist with bus funding to bring kids to the Refuge for the Discover Wildlife Journey and Students Exploring the Environment and Exploring Science education programs.
- Support lectures and programs at the refuge for adults and families.
- Support refuge events like Kids Fish Day, Refuge Star Party and Creepy Critters.
- Sponsor conservation projects on the refuge.
- Support and sponsors environmental education.
- Operate and maintains the Osprey Cam.
- Build and maintain wildlife viewing blinds and platforms.
- Support the native plant pollinator garden and interpretive area.
- Support and take part in periodical litter pickup around the refuge.
- Install and maintain wild bird feeders at the refuge headquarters and the viewing blind.
- Identify, initiate, and support projects and actions, and cooperate with refuge personnel.
Future project include assisting the refuge in the creation of an environmental education center at the Refuge and an upgrade to the Kid’s Space in the Visitor Center.