Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region


Educator Training Opportunities

In partnership with the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, we are pleased to be able to offer various educational opportunities to formal and informal educators, as well as education program volunteers. Learn first hand what can be done with students both while on a field trip as well as in the classroom to connect cultural and environmental curriculum to the refuge. Here are a few upcoming training opportunities on the refuge and from our partners.



For more information about training or the education program, contact Josie Finley at 360-887-4106 or at Josie_Finley@fws.gov.


Plankhouse Information

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.


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.

Boy Scouts
Merit Badges

Cadets and Senior Girl Scout Badges Junior Girl Scout Badges Brownies Try-Its
Bird Study
Insect Study
Mammal Study
Reptile and Amphibian Study
Fish and Wildlife Management
All About Birds
Hi-Tech Hide and Seek
Plant Life
Earth Connections
Finding Your Way
Local Lore
Outdoor Fun
Earth is Our Home
Outdoor Adventurer
Watching Wildlife
Water Everywhere



Last updated: February 26, 2014