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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!

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 Refuge News

First Person, First Peoples June 14

June 14, In the Plankhouse. 

Presented by Deana Dartt, curator of the Portland Art Museum’s Native American collection.

The Portland Art Museum is actively working to address many of the issues around interpreting its Native American collection, and is striving to include diverse voices and community perspectives into curatorial and educational practice. This presentation will focus on recent projects within the museum’s Object Stories initiative: a partnership with the Native American Youth Association (NAYA) Family Center to connect Native youth with the collection, and an artist-led project that gathered stories from Yup’ik community members in Bethel, Alaska. Deana will speak about her work, which aims to provide opportunities for more meaningful and culturally relevant learning in the museum.

1:00pm, Naturalist Led Hike

12-4pm: Children’s Activities and Plankhouse Tours

Ridgefield NWR Celebrates 50 years of Conservation with Pelican Brewing Company
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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 Cathlapotle Plankhouse turns 10!
20150329_photo 1_crowd panorama (1)On March 29th, 2005, the Cathlapotle Plankhouse opened its doors to the public for the first time. On March 29th, 2015, it celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special celebration honoring the volunteers and community supporters that made the Plankhouse what it is today. We would like to thank the Chinook Indian Nation and the US Fish and Wildlife Refuge for making the celebration a success, and for your continued support of the Plankhouse and its programming over the years. Here’s to another 10 years!

The Columbian wrote a lovely piece on the event, and you can read it online here.

The Friends Receive National Award for the Cathlapotle Plankhouse Project!

Preserve America logoThe 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.

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The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation


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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.

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