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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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 Refuge News

July 12 Second Sunday Event @ Plankhouse
Guided Tours and Children’s ActivitiesJuly 2nd sun 2015

Naturalist Lead Hike, Meets at Plankhouse

2:00pm Presentation:
The Confluence Project, Exploring History, Culture, and Ecology Along the Columbia River

“Confluence is a bold and ambitious attempt to look back seven generations as a way to look forward seven generations on…. it is a call to reflect, discover and connect to this larger history. The first step in that process is to listen.” – Colin Fogarty, Executive Director, Confluence

Join Confluence Executive Director, Colin Fogarty, at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse as he shares the ways that the Confluence is connecting people to place through art and education. By collaborating with Northwest communities, tribes and celebrated artist Maya Lin, Confluence is able to share stories of the Columbia River through six public art installations, educational programs, community engagement, and digital experiences.



Summer Habitat Restoration Opportunities
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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 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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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
Lucy’s Garden
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.