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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!

Learn about becoming a member or renew your membership now.

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Employment Opportunities with the Friends!


Education and Habitat Restoration Paid Intern
Know someone who is 18-25, loves nature, teaching, and habitat restoration? We are currently accepting applications for our Paid Education & Habitat Restoration Intern position! Read the full Job description and how to apply here. 

Friends Administrative Assistant
We are also looking for a new friend to join our organization to help keep us, well… organized! The Friends are hiring an Administrative Assistant to help with membership outreach and record keeping, newsletter creation, document management, social media contacts and more! Read the full job description and how to apply here. 


Traditional Technologies Day, August 9th 2015

August 2nd sun 2015Join us for a day of demonstrations and hands on activities highlighting traditional technologies found across the world and throughout time.  From 12-4, the Plankhouse will be open for visitors, and there will be activities for families to connect with local culture and wildlife. In the house students from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde’s Lifeways class will be demonstrating carving, weaving, and Native art design, while outside visitors can try their hand throwing an atlatl, making cordage, friction fire, and watch stone tools being created by an experienced flintknapper.

At 2pm,. join a Refuge Naturalist for a hike down the Oaks to Wetlands trail, and learn about  ways Native Peoples of this area have been taking care of Oak and other Refuge ecosystems since time immemorial. You can also check out the ample wildlife watching opportunities on the River ‘S’ Unit Auto Tour Driving Route. Check the Friends website                                                   ridgefieldfriends.org for maps of Refuge trails, or contact Plankhouse Director Sarah Hill at                                             sarah_hill@fws.gov, or call (360) 887-4106.


Ridgefield Living Magazine seeks Ridgefield NWR Photos for monthly contest

BLANK RECTANGLERidgefield Living Magazine is looking for the best Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge pictures of both the scenery and wildlife for their monthly photo contest. Images that are minimum 300dpi can be sent to rickbrowne@me.com by July 30. Remember to include your name, contact information, and if you wish details of the image (where, when it was shot – camera/lens used, etc.) At the end of the first year, photos will be published in a desk calendar that will be sold locally with most profits going to the Friends!


Summer Habitat Restoration Opportunities

Spring summer Volunteer Ridgefield 2015 5 26 15We 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 Lynn_Cornelius@fws.gov to register or for more info.








Ridgefield NWR Celebrates 50 years of Conservation with Pelican Brewing Company

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 www.achp.gov and www.preserveamerica.gov.

View more upcoming events at our calendar.

 Thanks To Our Sponsors:

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The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

 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.