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The 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.

Here, you can find information to plan your next visit, get involved, and support the refuge. 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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Temporary Closure of Carty Unittrail closed carty

A temporary closure of The Carty Unit is in effect Monday, August 24th – Wednesday, August 26th due to maintenance needs. The Carty Unit will re-open to the public on Thursday, August 27th. For public safety during this work, the Carty Unit will be closed to public use activities. Headquarters on the Carty Unit will remain open for public questions and other office business during regular hours. Public use facilities on the River ‘S’ Unit will not be affected and will remain open during the maintenance.

For additional information concerning the public use opportunities during this closure, please contact the Refuge Office at (360) 887-4106.



Celebrate Cedar! September 13th at the Cathlapotle PlankhouseSeptember 2nd sun 2015

Join us for a day of demonstrations and hands on activities celebrating an icon of the Pacific Northwest, the Western Red Cedar.  The Western Red Cedar tree is highly honored by many Native Peoples in the Northwest for the role that it plays in their lifeways and cultures. Since time immemorial, Cedar has supported the needs of people by providing homes, clothing, canoes, medicine, and many other items people need to thrive. Many of these Cedar traditions are still vibrant in Native communities today, and Cowlitz weaver Judy Bridges will be in the Plankhouse demonstrating cedar weaving and bark processing techniques. There will also be opportunities to try your hand at splitting a cedar log, pounding cedar bark for fiber, and at 2:00, a Refuge Naturalist will lead a hike around the Oaks to Wetlands trail, exploring the connection between people, wildlife, and cedar.


BirdFest & Bluegrass Schedule of Events Is Out! 

birdfest-and-bluegrassThis year’s event is October 2, 3, and 4. Go on a naturalist hike, paddle lake river, see birds of prey soar, attend a photography workshop, listen to some music, attend a salmon bake and more during the 16th Annual BirdFest & Bluegrass celebration. Check out the BirdFest page of our website, or download the whole schedule of events. We hope to see you at this year’s Festival!


Summer Habitat Restoration OpportunitiesSpring summer Volunteer Ridgefield 2015 5 26 15

We need YOU to help restore wetlands habitats this summer! Volunteer work parties are held every Wednesday and Saturday from July 1st through the beginning of September. Come out to the Refuge and Explore, meet great people, and do great things! Contact to register or for more info.





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!

TPreserve America logohe 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.