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 now. Stay 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.
Position Title: Cathlapotle Plankhouse Cultural Education Specialist (Paid Internship)
Location: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA
Date of Term: March-November 2016. Continuation of this position is conditional upon securing additional funding.
Hours & Wage: Full time 40 hours/week, $10.50/hr.
Housing: Shared housing is available/offered in government housing on Refuge.
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!
This four part series will help to orient and education both returning and new volunteers. These interactive webinars will be offered 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.
• 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 contact Josie Finley at 360-887-4106 or Josie_Finley@fws.gov.
For people interested in working with school and other groups around the Refuge. 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 Josie_Finley@fws.gov
Volunteers lead visitors in learning 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 Plankhouse team. No experience necessary. Bring your interest in culture and nature and we provide all the training.
RSVP to Sarah Hill at 360-887-4106 or Sarah_Hill@fws.gov
There is a lot more going on in our the Columbia Gorge Refuges than you might realize! The new volunteer coordinator for the Gorge Refuge Stewards, Jared Strawderman, will guide participants importance of these places, the Stewards that support them, and how you can get involved. Join them for refreshments and an optional hike afterward.
RSVP to Jared at 360-835-8767 or at Jared_Strawderman@fws.gov
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 apply! In Washington State, art entries are due by March 15, 2016.
For curriculum information, entry and reference forms, visit: http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/
or contact the Washington State coordinator, Michael Schramm, (360) 753-9467, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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Fred Meyer Rewards
Sign 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 www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
Head to www.portridgefield.org to see what our neighbors are up to, and their plans for the town.
See what is being seen at the refuge this week at Sightings
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.