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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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 Education Volunteer Training
April 10, 17 & 24

We are looking for new volunteers to help lead educational hikes and field trips during the spring education season. Due to low staffing, our need for volunteers this year is even greater than in years past. If you like to learn, get outside, and share your passion for the outdoors with others, this is the opportunity for you!

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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. 

Plankhouse Volunteer Training,
April 4, 2015

Want to learn more about Chinookan culture, archaeology, and local history? Do you enjoy sharing stories with others? Volunteers are needed to help guide visitors through the Plankhouse on the weekends from April-October. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to learn and share your knowledge with others.

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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.

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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 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.