Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge offers space for educators to conduct outdoor classroom activities in areas open to the public. Educators are welcome to use the Refuge for self led field trips, or to request a guided tour by filling out the Educational Visit Packet.
Schools are welcome to lead self-guided trips on the Refuge, and can schedule self-guided trips by emailing RidgefieldEducation@fws.gov to reserve your spot. You do not need to fill out an educational request form. You DO need to schedule your visit to ensure that there are no conflicts with other groups.
We are hoping to have the capacity to host guided field trips in the spring of 2016.
Guided field trips are generally available September-October, and April-June, depending on Staff and Volunteer availability.
Reservations are required to avoid conflicts with other groups. It is also recommended that educators or activity coordinators conduct a site visit prior to the scheduled field trip date to become familiar with refuge facilities, layout, and regulations. To schedule your trip:
Educational Field trip groups usually qualify for a fee waiver, making the field trip free. To qualify, you must be visiting the Refuge for educational purposes and integrating their field trip into a larger course of study that focuses at least partially on the natural or cultural environment.
The Refuges in the Complex do not have full time educators on staff, therefore guided tours are usually limited to when staff or refuge volunteers are available. Groups wishing to have a tour guide during their field trip must inform the refuge staff at the time the reservation is made. Being specific about tour information or topic(s) to be addressed during the trip will help determine who is selected as a knowledgeable guide. If a tour guide is not available, educators should be prepared to lead their own groups while on the refuge.
Ridgefield NWR Educators Guide
Oaks to Wetlands Adventure Website
Dusky Duffel Backpacks
Teacher Training and Workshops
Alex and Dusky Story Book and Field Journal
For information about education and the cultural resources on Ridgefield NWR visit the Cultural Resources webpage for Ridgefield NWR (this takes you to the US Fish & Wildlife Service website) or visit the Cathlapotle Plankhouse page on our website.
Special events including educational demonstrations and tours are offered periodically throughout the year. These events may be appropriate for educators to attend with their students. Please check the Plankhouse Programs page on our website.