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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. 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!

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.

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Attention Young Artists!

Like drawing or painting wildlife? Up for a challenge? Enter the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest! The annual contest is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp education program, but ANY K-12 student can 2015BOS edapply! In Washington State, art entries are due by March 15, 2016.

For curriculum information, entry and reference forms, visit:
or contact the Washington State coordinator:
Michael Schramm, Nisqually NWR, (360) 753-9467,


Fall and Winter Tree Planting Volunteers NeededHabitat Fall Winter Spring Flyer 2015-16 9 17 15

Get outside and make a difference for wildlife during our habitat restoration events this fall and winter. Check out the planting schedule, and contact Aiden Forsi with questions or to RSVP for events.




Steigerwald Lake Volunteer Orientation:SLNWR flyer 2016
Saturday February 27th, 9 to 10:30 am

There is a lot more going on in our three Columbia Gorge Refuges than you might realize!  Our new volunteer coordinator for the Gorge Refuge Stewards, Jared Strawderman, will lead us in understanding the importance of these places, the Stewards that support them, and how you can get involved.  Join us for refreshments and an optional hike afterward.
RSVP to Jared at 360-835-8767 or at




Volunteer Orientation Webinars:
Tuesday evenings in March

This four part series will help to orient and education both returning and new volunteers.  These interactive webinars will be offered the following Tuesdays in March from 5 to 6 pm and can be viewed from the comfort of your own home.  We hope that you can join us in learning more about your refuges and how our volunteer programs work.  (*Some regularly active volunteers will be required to view either the live or recorded versions.  See your volunteer supervisor for details.)

  • 3/8: Introduction to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, Franz Lake, and Pierce).
  • 3/15: Introduction to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse
  • 3/22: Volunteer Program (*required viewing by those regularly active volunteers)
  • 3/29: Safety (*required viewing for those regularly active volunteers.

RSVP to Josie Finley at 360-887-4106 or


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For those interested in working with school groups and the general public at Ridgefield AND Steigerwald Lake!

Fridays April 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.

Thousands of adults and school children visit our local refuges annually and volunteers are often the only people they get to share their stories and questions with.  Share your interest and passion with others by exploring with school children, leading guided walks with the public, or simply greeting people on our trails and in the contact station.  This training will introduce both Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake Refuges and how to interact and communicate with many fun and interesting people.
RSVP to Josie Finley at 360-887-4106 or


Plankhouse Volunteer Training: Saturday April 2nd, 10 am to 3 pmWeb_Plankhouse-Docent-Flyer_2016-page-001

The Plankhouse at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge provides the community a space to celebrate, learn about, and interact with local Native American culture.  Volunteers lead that learning and discovery on the weekends with the public and during the week with school groups.  Come to this introductory class and learn how you can be part of this amazing team.  No experience necessary.  Just bring your interest in culture and nature and we provide all the training.
RSVP to Sarah Hill at 360-887-4106 or




The Friends Receive National Award for the Cathlapotle Plankhouse ProjectPreserve America logo

The 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 and

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

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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.