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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 its 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 region’s 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

Ridgefield VC FINALCan YOU Imagine?

Please join us September 10th to share your ideas about what a Community & Nature Center at the Refuge could be.

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2016 Refuge Photo Contest- Submissions due Sept. 6th!

Sponsored by Pro Photo Supply & The Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Submit your favorite nature images taken within the boundaries of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge to the 10th Annual 2016 photography competition!

Adult and Youth prizes provided by Pro Photo Supply

For submission requirements, more info, or to submit, check out our Photo Contest Page


September Second Sunday Event

Visit the Plankhouse Event page for more info


Volunteer Opportunities

Invasive Plant Species removal starts in July! Click the poster below for a PDF of the schedule, and check out our Volunteer Page for the calendar and more!

Volunteer 2016 Habitat

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!


Bring Water!
bring water

As summer arrives and temperatures climb, don’t forget to bring your water bottle with you! The Ridgefield NWR does not have drinking fountains, water bottle filling stations, or other running water for visitors to fill up with, so please come prepared!


Support the Friends While You Shop

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Amazon Smile

Log in to your Amazon account through, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Friends Of The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge! AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.


Fred Meyer Rewards

FM Community RewardsSign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 89824.
Shop and use your Rewards Card to raise the donations for Friends. These donations help support the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge!
Earn funds for Friends while earning your own Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today!

If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
For more information, please visit

Curious About the Growth of Ridgefield?

Head to to see what our neighbors are up to, and their plans for the town.

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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 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.