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- Cathlapotle Plankhouse
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 .
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.
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.
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 .
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.