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.
Want to be a Volunteer? It's Easy!
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.
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 email@example.com or Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday October 11th, 8:45am-12:00pm--Removing Tree Tubes from North Riverboat Unit
Saturday November 8th, 9:00am-12:00pm—Invasive 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 email@example.com or Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Environmental Education Volunteer Naturalist
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
"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.