Educator Training Opportunities
In partnership with the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, we are pleased to be able to offer educational opportunities to teachers and volunteers. Learn first hand what can be done with students while on a field trip and in the classroom to connect cultural and environmental curriculum to the refuge. Here are a few upcoming training on the refuge and from our partners that are open to all educators and volunteers, whether you teach in a formal setting or not. See individual training fliers for information on clock hours available.
For more information about training or the education program, contact Josie Finley at 360-887-4106 or at Josie_Finley@fws.gov.
Season opening - Saturday April 20th!
Join us for cultural and environmental kids activities on April 21st to celebrate both the Plankhouse opening and Earth Day!
The Cathlapotle Plankhouse is a life-size replica of the plankhouses that once made up the Village of Cathlapotle. It creates a tangible link to those who lived here in the Cathlapotle Village. The Plankhouse is a unique site for the interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage preserved on the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
The Plankhouse is open to the public from Noon to 4:00 pm on Saturday
and Sunday afternoons from April to October, and by special arrangement
for pre-scheduled group visits during the week. For more information
on how to schedule a field trip to the Plankhouse or to learn about
the Discover Cathlapotle! Environmental and Heritage Education kit,
please check out:
Oaks to Wetlands Trail
The Oaks to Wetlands Trail is located on the Carty Unit. The trail, which is open year round, is a great place to learn more about local plants and wildlife. The dense forested part of the trail is a great place to see many different kinds of birds. For more information and ideas for visiting the Oaks to Wetlands Trail, please visit the Oaks to Wetlands Adventure site created by the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge: http://www.ridgefieldfriends.org/adventure/index.htm
Group Field Trips
The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a great place for group visits. We can meet the needs of a great variety of groups, tailoring visits for everyone from preschoolers to professional organizations and anything in between. All pre-arranged visits are free. To schedule a trip, down load this informational packet and send the included request form to Josie Finley, Park Ranger, at Josie_Finley@fws.gov or 360-887-4106.
Join us on April 5th from 9am to 1pm for a Field Trip Open House.
Whether you are planning to bring students out to the refuge or are interested in volunteering for the program, this will give you an idea of what we do and how your students can benefit from this natural outdoor classroom. See flier for details.
Scout Field Trips
Staff at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge enjoys working with community groups such as the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Through a visit to the Refuge, scouts can meet several requirements for badges and patches (see below). Feel free to contact the refuge if interested in programs for badges/patches not listed below.