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.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

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.

We are currently recruiting volunteers for the following opportunities:

  • Educational Fieldtrips
  • Cultural Education in the Plankhouse
  • Habitat Restoration
  • New Visitors Center Committee members
  • Friends Board Members
  • BirdFest Committee Members
    (see fliers below for current upcoming trainings and events)

Drop us a line at RidgefieldVolunteer@FWS.gov to see how to get involved!

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2017 Volunteer Webinars

Whether you are new to volunteering with us or you have been helping us for a long time, these webinars will update you on current happenings, remind you of what is unique about each local refuge in our management unit, and show you what you need to know to have a fun and safe volunteer experience.

Getting to Know Your Local Refuges presented by Deputy Project Leader Eric Anderson

Link to Recording

First Peoples of the Lower Columbia presented by Cathlapotle Plankhouse Director Sarah Hill

Link to Recording

Benefits of Being a Volunteer (2016 version) presented by Park Ranger Josie Finley

Link to Recording

Making Volunteering Safe and Fun presented by Park Ranger Josie Finley

*Note: The webinar audio gets static about minute 6. You can fast forward to 9min 30sec to pick it back up.

Link to Recording

Habitat Restoration Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 31. @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day

Our Habitat Restoration Team is always on the lookout for new folks to help out with various habitat and biological projects around the Refuge. Volunteers meet Wednesdays from 9AM-12PM. Contact Habitat Restoration Coordinator Keith Rutz at Keith_Rutz@fws.gov or call (360) 887-3883 for more information.


Volunteer Recruitment- Upcoming Lion’s Event

Thursday, Jun 1.

The Ridgefield Lions club has been a tremendous supporter of the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, offering sponsorship as well as volunteer hours and providing vendor services at BirdFest. As a thank you to them, the Friends like to offer some volunteer time to help them during their big events. The next Lions Event … Continue reading Volunteer Recruitment- Upcoming Lion’s Event



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