Our Mission

The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit dedicated to promoting educational programs of the Ridgefield NWR, and protecting and enhancing its 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!


River 'S' Unit Weather Warning!

It is highly recommended that visitors exercise extreme caution if choosing to try to enter the River ‘S’ Unit Auto Tour Route. The roads have not been plowed or maintained. If you choose to brave the entrance road, you do so at your own risk!

The Carty Unit (28908 NW Main Ave)  is open as always, please use caution on the paths as they are icy and slick! While it is beautiful out, snow and ice can weigh down branches, so be especially careful under trees. The Refuge office will be closed today, February 21st.

Drive safely and be careful out there everyone!


  • Wild in the City! Open House

    February 5, 2018

    YOU are invited to join us for this FREE EVENT, as we bring the National Wildlife Refuge System to the City... Come learn about recreational opportunities and how to get involved at your local National Wildlife Refuges. Staff and volunteers will engage people of all ages in learning about local wildlife, on-going conservation projects, volunteering, and upcoming events in your area. Hands-on activities, informational booths and light refreshments will be provided from 11:00AM - 4:00 PM, on Saturday, March 3.

  • Spring Volunteer Training Schedule

    January 29, 2018

    Whether you want to work with students and the public to spread the conservation message, teach about local indigenous culture, or get your hands dirty doing habitat work, this training will show you how local refuges manage habitat and inspire people. This four part interactive series will include presentations, activities, and field trips. Keep Reading....

  • 2018 Calendars on Sale Now!

    November 20, 2017

    On Sale now! Shop while supporting a great cause! The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge's 2018 Calendar is here, and this year's calendar features the winning photos of our annual photo contest. The calendars are now only $15, and all proceeds go to support our mission! Whether as a holiday gift for loved ones, or a functional keepsake for yourself, your purchase helps support our public lands, protecting wildlife and the history of our area, in perpetuity.

  • Chinookan Steller’s Jay T-Shirt

    November 19, 2017

    The Chinook name for Blue Jay is pronounced "skees skees". In the Chinook stories Blue Jay was a nearly omnipotent character at a time when the world was occupied by the animal/people. Order this shirt in any style! From a sweatshirt, t-shirt, tank top or onesie- get this design however you like! Proceeds from these shirts goes directly to support the unique and diverse programs of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, from the animals and the trees to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse and the volunteers who make it all happen- we couldn't do it without you.

  • Friends Clothing and Accessories!

    September 21, 2017

    Do you love wildlife, birding, photography or supporting a good cause? Then come get the new Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge gear! Find travel mugs, coffee mugs, bags, shirts and more! Proceeds go to fund our wonderful, unique and engaging habitat and education programs, family events like BirdFest, and the volunteers who make it happen! Online only, get yours today!

Bird Sightings

Weekly Bird sightings list, Bird Sightings 2016, & Species List

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