Become a Friend of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge!

We need your support to grow Friends programs – nature education, wildlife habitat restoration, and a new naturalist corps! Please become a member and receive eNews and newsletters, come to the annual membership meetings, participate as a volunteer, and help the Refuge community grow. Now is the time. Thanks for your support. Your credit card or PayPal are welcome. Click here for a membership form or call (360) 887-9495

Reach out and share your love of nature with a child!

Help by volunteering as a docent or naturalist with school groups that visit the Refuge. No knowledge or experience is necessary as training will provide the tools needed. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the workshops!

Please tour our site for

The Refuge, including Refuge MapCathlapotle PlankhouseAuto Tour GuideWeekly Bird SightingsWildlife Photo GalleryEducator’s Guide and more!


The Friend’s mission is to support, protect, and enhance the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and its wildlife habitat, and to broaden public awareness and participation in its environmental, cultural, and educational opportunities.


  • Advocate the long-term protection and compatible uses of the Refuge’s fish and wildlife resources and habitat.
  • Expand education and interpretation of the natural and cultural resources of the area.
  • Improve visitor programs and facilities in the Ridgefield and Lower Columbia River area, to better protect and enhance the natural and cultural resources.

Visit the Auto Tour Route

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The River ‘S’ auto tour route is a one-way 4.2-mile loop on graveled road. It is open daily to vehicles during daylight hours. An observation blind overlooking Rest Lake is located close to the half-way point on the auto tour route. The Kiwa Trail is a 1.2-mile loop trail open May 1 through September 30. It is the only walking trail available on the River ‘S’ unit.

Volunteer Projects

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The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge support an active volunteer program offering several opportunities for you to help out throughout the year. Read on to see how you can get involved and make a difference on the Refuge.