About the Ridgefield Friends

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.

Become a Friend of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge!

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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. Click below to join, 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!

Mission

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.

Goals

  • 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.

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preserve-america-logo-300x197The 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. For more information visit www.achp.gov and www.preserveamerica.gov.

Faces of the Friends

Sean Davis

Habitat Restoration and Education Specialist

Sarah Hill

Cathlapotle Plankhouse Program Coordinator

Juliet McGraw

Cultural Education Specialist

Keith Rutz

Habitat Restoration Coordinator

Mesha Wood

Visual Information Specialist

Samantha Zeiner

Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors

Jim Maul

President

Gail Alexander

Vice President

Victoria Haugen

Secretary

Susan Setterberg

Treasurer

Terry Hurd

Board Member

Sam Robinson

Board Member

Gerald Williams

Board Member

Debbie Raffelson

Board Member

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