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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. 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!

Become a member or renew your membership nowStay up to date on Friends and Refuge happenings by reading our monthly e-newsletter on this website under the “home” tab, or by using this link  and view more upcoming events at our calendar.

Refuge News

Cathlapotle Plankhouse Mother’s Day Celebration
May 8th, 2016
Picture7Special Presentation @ 1:00pm

Where the Women Are: Gender and Power in the Archaeological Record of the Pacific Northwest
Despite the wealth of data on gender division of labor in indigenous groups of the 19th-20th centuries, archaeological research on gender is rare. Activities traditionally associated with women such as plant gathering, cooking, basketry, and mat making remain poorly understood. In this presentation WSU doctoral student, Tiffany Fulkerson, will discuss how the traditional roles of Native women in Pacific Northwest helped maintain gender equality and explore evidence of women’s labor in the archaeological record.

Ethnobotany Hike @ 2:00pm

Join our speaker and a Refuge Naturalist for a walk on the Oaks to Wetlands Trail and discover the plants that are connected to the lives of women on the Lower Columbia. (Hikes meet infront of the Plankhouse, approximatly 2 mile hike on uneven terrain)

Plankhouse Tours and Kids Activities ongoing throughout the event.
The Cathlapotle Plankhouse will now be open most weekends from 12pm-4pm. Every second Sunday of the month the Plankhouse will host a special event with speakers, guided hikes, and children’s activities. For more information on the upcoming events check out the plankhouse events page, or the events calendar.


The Friends are Hiring!

we're hiringThe Friends are looking for a new Invasive Plant Field Coordinator (Bulrush Coordinator)
Part-Time May 8th to June 8. Full time June 8-Sept. 11, 40 hours/week, Tuesday – Saturday. Work with our Habitat Restoration crew to recruit, train and lead enough volunteers in the field to search and remove all bulrush plants from target areas and also work independently to locate, record, and remove ricefield bulrush infestations.

You must have at least six months of specialized experience and six months of general experience that provided knowledge of natural resource management principles and techniques; knowledge or ability in identifying and/or measuring plants and animals in their habitat; and experience recruiting and working with volunteers.
You must have successfully completed 2 years of study above the high school level that included at least 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, environmental science, environmental studies or related fields.

Applications will be accepted from April 13th, 8 am – COB April 27th 4:30 pm P.T., for the whole job posting and how to apply, view the FRIENDS Inv Plant Field Coordinator PDF


Volunteer Naturalist Training
Fridays April 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th  

Web_Education-Programs-Spring-Flyer_2016-page-001For people interested in working with school and other groups around the Refuge. This training will introduce both Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake Refuges and how to interact and communicate with many fun and interesting people.
RSVP to Josie Finley at 360-887-4106 or


Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) –

Summer Employment Opportunity

images (2)If you are between the ages of 15 and 18, and looking for summer employment, the Fish & Wildlife Service is offering Summer employment from  June 20, 2016 through August 12, 2016.  YCC participants will be involved in a variety of natural resource and recreation management projects. Projects may include, but are not limited to: interpretive facility maintenance, grounds maintenance, fence construction and maintenance, installing and maintaining signs, trail/road maintenance, litter removal, and invasive plant control. Crew members will participate in environmental education activities and field trips to nearby destination may be taken. All work projects are designed to help develop good work skills, work habits, and safety awareness.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 9, 2016. See application materials for more details.
APPLICATION MATERIALS: Available Online Here or Download Here
Paper Applications: Available at Refuge Headquarters during office hours; 28908 NW Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA.


New Online Store Now Open!

The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge are proud to announce the opening of a new webstore! Now you can order our 50th Anniversary Gear- including the Pelican Brewing Company 50th Anniversary T-shirt and Pint Glass, as well as our Chinookan Steller’s Jay T-shirt, all online!
Check out our Shop for links to the store and more info, or click HERE to go directly to the store!
Proceeds help support our unique education and restoration programs at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge!



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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.