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  • Conservation Connect LIVE

    The Service and the National Science Teachers Association are partnering to launch Conservation Connect LIVE, a new web-based video series that aims to connect youth ages 10 to 15, with the great outdoors and conservation careers. Broadcasts will take place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month throughout the school year. December's presentation will focus on Wading Birds and Waterfowl. Join in and chat LIVE with Service Refuge Ranger Toni Westland from the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and Pilot Biologist, Steve Earsom from our Migratory Birds Program.

    For more information and to check out other episodes, resources, and lesson plans, visit

  • 2015 Marks the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day

    Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in celebrating this tribute to Mother Earth by practicing ways to make a better planet for fish, wildlife and their habitat. Learn more about how this monumental effort has been instrumental in the development of some of the most powerful and effective environmental legislation!

    Earth Day!

  • Cathlapotle Plankhouse Celebrates 10 Years

    This year, Ridgefield NWR’s Cathlapotle Plankhouse is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a tangible link to the first people of the Columbia River who lived here in the past and a unique site for the interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage preserved on the Refuge.

    Learn more from the Ridgefield NWR Friends Group

  • 6 things we've learned about kids and nature

    When kids spend less time outdoors, the ability to find out what they're capable of is diminished. Nature has been proven to be beneficial for children in almost all parts of their life. Learn more about what children can gain by being connected with the natural world around them.

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  • BirdFest & Bluegrass 2015

    Join the Fish and Wildlife Service and our Friends as we celebrate BirdFest as well as the 50th anniversary of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge!

    Learn more about the 2015 event here

Upcoming events

25th Annual Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, Sep. 17-19, 2015

The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is a three-day natural resource education event held each fall to celebrate the return of the salmon to the Wenatchee River. The Festival is held on the grounds of theLeavenworth National Fish Hatchery, located at the mouth of the scenic Icicle Canyon near Leavenworth, Washington.

Official Wenatchee River Salmon Festival website Map to the Salmon Festival location

upcoming volunteer opportunities

Faces of nature blog

  • Nature Boosting: Charging a Senior Brain

    Julie Concannon, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program Coordinator, and member of the Pacific Region Connecting People with Nature Team, takes her passion for the outdoors a step beyond her workday. With a new interest in Gerontology, Julie returned to school at Portland Community College and helped develop a program with the department where she could share her love for nature with a group of seniors as she studied the effects of getting outdoors on senior brains.

    Read the full story
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  • Fish & Wildlife News Refuge Update Eddies IQ - Invasives Quarterly
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  • Connecting People With Nature Portal
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