Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region

Get Involved

Connecting Communities & People With Nature

The Refuge began as a community idea and continues to be successful with community support. As one of only a handful of urban refuges in the country, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge has a special goal of connecting people with nature to ensure the future of conservation.

Be Part of the Community Dream.  We need your help.

Enjoy and learn about nature...Meet new people...Give to your community...Learn new skills...Have fun


Want to be a Volunteer?  It's Easy!

  1. Read the position descriptions below
  2. Call or email Kim if you would like more information at 503-625-5944 or email Kim Strassburg
  3. Download a Volunteer Application here (560KB)
  4. Complete application.  Please be specific as to what positions you are interested in based on descriptions below. (**Not all opportuntites on the application are available at the refuge.)
  5. Return via email, fax, postal mail, or in person.  We'll get back in touch with you as soon as possible.

Attn: Volunteer Coordinator

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

19255 SW Pacific Hwy

Sherwood, OR 97140

503-625-5944 (office)

503-625-5947 (fax)

email: Kim Strassburg

Volunteers who contribute 250 hours of time may be eligible for an America the Beautiful Volunteer Pass.  Learn more.


Join Friends of the Refuge

Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is an all volunteer, community non-profit organization that is dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Refuge for the benefit of fish and wildlife, and for public education and recreation. Learn more


Volunteers with planting tools

Second Saturday Work Parties

September 13th, 9:00am-12:00pm-- Clearing Invasive Plants & Celebrating National Public Lands Day

This work party will be done as a National Public Lands Work Party. This work party will focus on removing invasive plant species from our main unit. Invasive plant species out-compete native plant species. Removing these invasive plants provides opportunities for native species to grow and thrive. Meet in front of the Wildlife Center. Please bring gloves, clothing you are willing to get dirty, and a water bottle. Application not required. RSVP preferred. Questions? Email Mike at michael_lotspeich@fws.gov or Mary at m.french512@gmail.com


Saturday October 11th, 8:45am-12:00pm--Removing Tree Tubes from North Riverboat Unit
Join us as we remove tree tubes from a past restoration project our North Riverboat Unit. As the trees get larger they expand and force tree tubes off; we want to prevent the tubes from getting blown away by wind and/or washed away by water. There will be a caravan in front of the visitor center leaving at 8:45am. For anyone that wishes to travel to the locations themselves, we will have maps available. Please bring gloves, clothing you don’t mind getting dirty, and a water bottle. There are no applications required. RSVP preferred. If you have any questions, contact Email Mike at michael_lotspeich@fws.gov or Mary at restoration@friendsoftualatinrefuge.org.


Saturday November 8th, 9:00am-12:00pmInvasive Tree and Shrub Removal from NE Atfalat’i Unit

This month’s work party will focus on the removal of invasive trees and shrubs from our northeast Atfalat’i Unit. This parcel is the original land donation that helped establish the refuge. Due to the limited parking space, caravans will be the only means of transportation to the work site. Please arrive early. The caravans leave at 9AM sharp from the WIldlife Center parking lot. Please bring gloves, clothing you are willing to get dirty, and a water bottle. Potential Hazards: Poison oak may be encountered.  Application not required. RSVP preferred. Questions? Email Michael at michael_lotspeich@fws.gov or Mary at m.french512@gmail.com.



Environmental Education Volunteer Naturalist Volunteeer and students examing animal tracks on ground.  USFWS Photo

Do you know someone who is looking for a new way to share their love of nature?

Do they enjoy being outside, meeting new people, and working with kids?

If so, encourage them to become a Volunteer Naturalist on the Refuge!

We host an annual training, each February/March, where participants gain skills in interpretation, environmental education, working with children, and they will learn about the history of the National Wildlife Refuge System and Tualatin River Refuge. Want to learn more? Contact jenna_mendenhall@fws.gov or (503) 625-5944.


To help students experience the Refuge through their natural sense of discovery

•Welcome and orient school field trips

•Share nature observation skills

•Inspire students to explore nature

•Facilitate teacher-led activities

•Lead classroom activities

•Prepare educational equipment for field trips


•Attend the 4-session training (February/March)

•Provide 30+ volunteer hours during the school year

•Offer weekday availability

•Desire to work with K-8th grade students

•Ability to work in outdoor and indoor settings

For more information, email jenna_mendenhall@fws.gov

"It’s fun to share in a student’s excitement as they learn more

about the natural environment. I enjoy the challenge of engaging

them in nature. With me, it becomes more sharing of our

observations and experiences. It keeps me thinking and learning, as well."
--Larry, Volunteer Naturalist


Volunteer talking with visitor at Wildlife Center information desk. USFWS photo

Wildlife Center

Be the smiling face that visitors see when arriving at the Refuge. 
•Staff information desk
•Welcome Refuge visitors and answer questions
•Operate cash register at Nature’s Overlook store
•Orient visitors to trails, exhibits, and activities

•An 8-hour commitment per month
•Active membership in Friends of the Refuge
•Attendance at initial training skill sessions

For more information, email Jenna Mendenhall


Volunteer Trail Rover
Be outside and meet visitors
•Walk Refuge trails to welcome visitors
•Answer questions and share nature observations
•Use education to reinforce Refuge rules

•4 hours per month or one weekend shift per month (volunteers “self-schedule”)
•Attendance at initial training skill sessions

Email Jenna Mendenhall for more information.


I really enjoy being outdoors. I love meeting visitors on the trail and helping them explore and understand the Refuge. I've become passionate about bird watching and what better place is there to do just that! Not even the rain can keep me away as there is always something new to experience.
--Debbie, Volunteer Trail Rover


Last updated: October 16, 2014