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Welcome to your site for information on Friends of Ridgefield NWR. The Friends is a non-profit dedicated to promoting educational, environmental, and cultural programs of the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge.

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!

Learn about becoming a member or renew your membership now.

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Refuge News

 Education and Outreach Interns Wanted

Do you love being outside and sharing nature with others? Interested in learning more about Environmental and Cultural Education, and Natural Resource Interpretation? The Friends and the Refuge are looking for a few new interns this spring to help on the trails and in the Plankhouse during school groups, represent the Refuge at community events, and work on special projects around the Refuge. This unpaid internship can be completed for college credit if desired. Check out this packet for more information on this opportunity. 


Fall & Winter Habitat Restoration Events

Habitat Fall Winter Spring Flyer 2014-15 9 29 14Help restore habitat for the endangered Columbian White-Tailed Deer in the wild and beautiful setting of the 5,200 acre refuge. We need to plant 7,600 native trees and shrubs to provide cover and forage for the deer and other wildlife. Registration is encouraged but not required. Contact staff at (360) 887-3883 or Click here to view the event dates. Special dates can also be arranged for groups. Hot drinks and snacks are provided.

Naturalist Lead Birding Hikes At Ridgefield, Steigerwald, and Pierce NWR

The dates for spring birding walks are up on the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge website! Check out the dates and times of these amazing naturalist guided hikes here.

Education Volunteer Training
April 10, 17 & 24

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Cathlapotle Plankhouse Volunteer Training,
April 4, 2015

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View more upcoming events at our calendar.

 Thanks To Our Sponsors:

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Birding Enthusiasts

See what is being seen at the refuge this week at Sightings

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Clark Public Utilities National Environmental Education Foundation
National Fish& Wildlife Foundation
Environmental Paper & Print Pacific NW Best Fish Co. Parr Lumber Portland Audubon
Umpqua Bank

 The Friends of Ridgefield NWR Need You!

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.