Education. Conservation. Stewardship.

Rick Browne with CreditThe Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit dedicated to promoting educational programs of the Ridgefield NWR, and protecting and enhancing it’s wildlife habitat.
The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge offers a beautiful natural environment for exploring and bird watching, a Chinookan style Plankhouse for connecting with our regions First Peoples, community events, and opportunities to get involved in habitat restoration programs. Thank you for your interest in Friends of Ridgefield NWR. We hope to see you at the refuge soon!

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 Refuge News

Fall and Winter Tree Planting Volunteers Needed!Habitat Fall Winter Spring Flyer 2015-16 9 17 15

Get outside and make a difference for wildlife during our habitat restoration events this fall and winter. Check out the planting schedule, and contact Aiden Forsi with questions or to RSVP for events.

BirdFest & Bluegrass Was a Success!kiosk unveiling

The festival over October 2, 3, and 4 drew thousands of people to celebrate the Refuge’s 5oth anniversary, the Cathlapotle Plankhouse’s 10th, dedicate a new pedestrian bridge, and unveil our plans for building a new visitor’s center (with lots of help from the community!) The Columbian wrote several articles covering the event, so check them out if you weren’t able to make it!


National Wildlife Refuge Association Photo Contest2015 contest

The National Wildlife Refuge Association is now accepting entries for their annual photo contest. Click the flyer for more information or head to the NWRA website,



Ridgefield NWR Celebrates 50 years of Conservation with Pelican Brewing CompanyPBC_RNWR-COMBO-SM

The Friends have partnered with Pelican brewing company to create and release a special edition label for Pelican’s award winning Imperial Pelican Ale. This label highlights refuge wildlife and habitats, and has a QR code link to the Friends website. Through this partnership, we will be able to share the Refuge with a wider audience, increase awareness for recreational opportunities, and raise money for the Friends! This limited edition bottle of Imperial Pelican Ale will be available wherever Pelican beer is sold and fresh at both Pelican locations in Oregon. Visit this web page for more information! 





The Friends Receive National Award for the Cathlapotle Plankhouse Project!Preserve America logo

The Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge was honored recently when Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, designated it as one of the nation’s newest Preserve America Stewards. Designation as a Preserve America Steward provides national recognition for programs that successfully use volunteers to help care for our historic and cultural heritage. Benefits include use of the Preserve America logo on educational and promotional materials and listing in a Web-based directory that showcases the Friends volunteer efforts to care for important historic resources for the benefit of present and future generations. For more information visit and

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The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting educational programs, increasing public awareness and protecting and enhancing the natural and cultural resources of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Get more information. Become a member or renew your membership now.