The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service hosts and supports a number of nature-based events and volunteer opportunities throughout the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. Browse the events below or refine your search by selecting a state in the menu to the left.
Volunteer Opportunity: Invasive Species Strike TeamOngoing
We’re looking for an invasive species strike team! You could be a Weed Warrior team of one, or the Fantastic Four, however it works out! If anyone is interested in strapping a backpack sprayer on (think ghost-busters here), and helping us fight these nasty invaders, please let us know!
Volunteer: Ridgefield NWR Cultural Ed & EEOngoing
Volunteer opportunity at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. No experience necessary! Education volunteers help to supplement and enhance traditional classroom teaching by engaging students outside on trails and exploring inside the Plankhouse.Through prescheduled field trips, students of all ages and backgrounds get to experience and become inspired by the real world that they are learning about in their studies.
Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at Ridgefield NWREvery Wednesday and Saturday
During these work parties, refuge volunteers help remove Ricefield Bulrush, an invasive species of plant from refuge wetlands.
Volunteer: Tree Planting at Tualatin River NWREvery Saturday and Wednesday from January 10 to March 28, 2015
Looking for an outdoor volunteer opportunity this winter? Come join us in restoring 10 acres of the South Riverboat Unit at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge! The target is for volunteers to plant nearly 13,000 native trees and shrubs, which means we need your help to reach this ambitious goal.
Winter Birds at McNary National Wildlife RefugeFebruary 14, 2015
The Friends of Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges is hosting the 4th annual Winter Birds at McNary National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, February 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The event will be at the McNary Environmental Education Center, and activities will include special presentations, bird viewing tours and an art activity. Special presentations include a live bird program by Blue Mountain Wildlife, “Birds in Diverse Habitats,” a slide show by Ivar Husa of the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society, and wildlife films by videographer Gaylord Mink. The event is free and open to the public.
Othello Sandhill Crane FestivalMarch 27 - 29, 2015
Experience the beauty and wonder of the natural world, highlighted by the return of Sandhill cranes to the Channeled Scablands. This three-day community event features a variety of activities, from wildlife tours and lectures on the area’s natural and cultural heritage to an art contest and children’s activities. An admission fee will be charged.
Klineline Kids Fishing Derby and ArcheryApril 10 & 11, 2015
There's nothing quite like the joy on a child's face when they reel in a wriggling, scaly fish. It's a connection to nature that can't be substituted with words alone. Come on down to Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Park in Vancouver, WA and share this joy with the anglers of tomorrow.
Our sense of community and compassionate intelligence must be extended to all life forms, plants, animals, rocks, rivers, and human beings. This is the story of our past and it will be the story of our future.
~ Terry Tempest Williams