Educator Resources

The Friends and the Refuge have tons of resources to help you and your students get the most from your Refuge experience. Use these tools in the classroom, on the trails, or just explore them to get an idea of what is possible during a field trip at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Ridgefield NWR Educator's Guide

Refuge Educator’s Guide is available to assist teachers and group leaders to prepare students for a visit to the refuge. It includes both indoor and outdoor educational lessons and projects. You may download a copy of the Refuge Educator’s Guide here as a pdf .

Alex and Dusky Story Book and Field Journal

Created by Portland based artist and educator Laura Devito, this story book and accompanying curriculum introduces students to the plants and animals at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge by following the misadventures of Alex, a young student who has come out to the Refuge for a field trip. The book and curriculum can be used together on your field trip, or the book can be used as an in classroom activity before visiting the Refuge.

Cathlapotle Traveling Education Kit

For teachers and students that can not make it out to the Plankhouse or would like pre-trip activities, the Discover Cathlapotle! Environmental and Heritage Education kit is available for loan. Educators in non-traditional learning environments can also borrow the kit. Call Virginia Parks in the Cultural Resources office at 503-625-4377 to check availability.

Dusky Duffel Backpacks

The Dusky Duffel backpacks contain binoculars, field guide identification books, equipment, and  lesson exercises that may be conducted in the field. These can be checked out by teachers, scout  groups, or other groups wanting to explore the refuge on their own. Other publications are usually  available at no cost and include posters, coloring books, informational brochures, and flyers. These  can be reserved by calling the Refuge office or emailing Ridgefieldeducation@fws.gov .

Oaks to Wetlands Adventure Website

Though a bit dated, the Oaks to Wetlands Adventure web page has tons of great information about the Refuge, and ideas for concepts and lessons to incorporate into your field trip. Note that the contact information on this site is not up to date.

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