Education & Field Trips

No matter the age of the child, the subject matter being presented, or the experience of the teacher, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful destination to teach and inspire. Just 20 minutes north of the Interstate 5 bridge, the Refuge uniquely offers opportunities for both environmental and cultural education to students of all ages.



Field Trips 2017


In light of our changing community and the increased need of educators to be supported through new learning standards, we have decided that this is a perfect time to evaluate and revise our education programs.  We have been doing much of the same thing for a decade now and know that we can serve students and educators better.

In order to engage educators and their support staffs in this process we will have to dedicate staff time that would normally go to scheduling and running onsite field trips.  This means we will not be offering on-site guided field trips for the fall of 2017.  We do hope to resume programming in the spring of 2018.  Please stay tuned to our website for updates and opportunities to be involved in this process.

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Field Trips at the Plankhouse

harriets-plankhouse-drawingOne of the main goals of the Plankhouse Project and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is to educate people about the thriving culture, wildlife and ecosystems of the Lower Columbia River prior to European American immigration to the area, and the indigenous culture that exists here today. Each school year over 3,500 students visit the Plankhouse and the Refuge. If you would like to receive more information on environmental and cultural education visit the Refuge Education Page for more info.

Transportation Assistance Funds

Each year, the Friends write grants and raise funds to support busing assistance for the schools and groups that visit the Refuge for educational field trips.


Educator Resources

We have a variety of resources to help educators plan their fieldtrips or to add richness to classroom presentations. Explore these materials  on the Educator Resource page.

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