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.
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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.
Second Saturday Work Parties
**Work Parties—Special Notice**
Due to funding and hiring limitations faced by the refuge this year, we will no longer be able to coordinate and manage the monthly Saturday volunteer work parties at this time. This is effective beginning in April and will continue until further notice. Meanwhile, the Refuge Manager and staff would like to thank everyone that has participated in a work party for all their hard work and dedication. You made a difference!
Environmental Education Volunteer Naturalist
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 28, March 7, 14, 21)
•Provide 30+ volunteer hours during the 2013 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 Gardiner Platt
"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."
Be the smiling face that visitors see when arriving at the Refuge.
For more information, email Jenna Mendenhall
Volunteer Trail Rover
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.