Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region

Environmental Education

Students at Rock Creek study site

Educators are encouraged to bring their students to Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.  We hope that by experiencing the Refuge through their natural sense of discovery, students will make important connections with their natural world.

Classroom field trips to the Refuge rely entirely on an "educator led" concept.  Educators and group leaders from the community plan and conduct their own field trips within the guidelines of the Refuge's established programs..  The Refuge offers a range of resources and assistance to facilitate student learning.






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Special Events and Activities

We host regular programs for families. Check out our schedule of upcoming activities.


Teacher Workshops

teacher workshop particpants outside learning about refuge

Teacher workshops will prepare educators to conduct a quality environmental education experience on the Refuge. Teachers must have participated in a workshop within the last two years in order to register their class for a field trip.  Workshops will be offered twice a year.  Fall workshops will typically be held late-September to mid-October and spring workshops will typically be held early- to mid-spring.  Workshops focus primarily on K-8 curriculum, however activities can be adapted for younger or older students.


Upcoming Teacher Workshops

Open Your Eyes to Wildlife (K-8)

Saturday October 18th, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Free. Registration required. Download Flyer

The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge offers an Environmental Education program which enables students to learn the value of our ecosystems. It extends the learning process beyond the conventional classroom limits and encourages students to make connections with their natural environment. The workshop provides teachers with the tools they need to bring students out for teacher-led field trips. Parent volunteers are encouraged to join the workshop too.  Resources for participants include: strategies for planning a successful field trip to the Tualatin River NWR, a CD with the Refuge’s EE curriculum, a walking tour of the Refuge, a 10% discount in Nature’s Overlook on the day of the workshop, and classroom resources. Email jmendenhall@friendsoftualatinrefuge.org with your name, address, phone number, school, and grade(s) you teach.  Questions? Please call Jenna 503.625.5944 x222.


With the assistance of local educators, and in keeping with national and Oregon State learning standards, the Refuge has produced an educator's guide.  The guide includes information about the Refuge's habitats and wildlife, a field trip planning chapter, as well as pre-field trip, on-site field trip and post-field trip activities.

title pageDownload Our Educator's Guide (as pdf files)

Please note:  If you use a sceeen reader and are unable to access the material included in the downloads, please contact us for an alternative format. Email Kim Strassburg or call 503-625-5944 x228.


Table of Contents

Chapter I--Background

Chapter II--Field Trip Guide

Chapter III--Indoor Classroom Activities

Chapter IV--Environmental Education Activities

 Field Trips

After successful completion of a Refuge Teacher Workshop, educator's may register for a field trip.  Advanced registration is required for all school groups.  Teachers can take advantage of the many environmental education facilities located at the Refuge.  These include:

  • A one-mile nature trail traversing a variety of habitats
  • Five environmental education study sites for students to participate in on-site activities
  • Ample bus parking
  • A Tri-Met bus stop for classrooms using public transportation
  • Environmental Education Shelter with restrooms, drinking fountains, and picnic tables available for reservation to school groups.

Please note: There are no public telephones or garbage facilities.

Environmental education facilities have been designed to accommodate our disabled visitors. 

Please contact the Refuge at 503-625-5944 for additional information and assistance. 



Last updated: September 2, 2014