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

March 8th, 9:00am-12:00pm--Planting Native Plants Along Trail

Join us for the relaunch of the Second Saturday work parties!  The first project will be planting berry-producing plants in the trail switch-back area near the ponds along the year-round trail (immediately below the education shelter).  Please bring gloves, clothing you are willing to get dirty, and a water bottle.  Application not required. Hope to see you there!  Questions?  Email Mike at michael_lotspeich@fws.gov.

April 12th, 9:00am–12:00pm--Removing Tree Tubes from Garry Oaks Oleson Property

This work party will focus on the removal of tree tubes from our Oleson location. We need to remove the Garry oaks planted under the power lines to be in compliance with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) right-of-way requirements but the first step is to take the plastic out of the environment. A caravan will meet in front of the refuge visitor center at 8:45am. A map will be made available to those who can’t arrive in time to join the caravan. Please bring gloves, clothing you are willing to get dirty, and a water bottle. Application not required. Questions?  Email Mike at michael_lotspeich@fws.gov.

May 10th, 9:00am-12:00pm–Clearing Invasive Plants from the Public Trails
Help us clear invasive plant species and overgrowth from the public trails just in time for Tualatin River Bird Festival.
These invasive plants out-compete native plant species. Removing invasive species, can help keep them from spreading, and potentially gives native species the opportunity they need to grow and thrive.

Meet at the Wildlife Center parking lot. Please bring gloves, clothing you are willing to get dirty, and a water bottle. Application not required. Questions?  Email Mike at michael_lotspeich@fws.gov.


June 14th, 9:00am-12:00pm--Removing Tree Tubes from Garry Oaks Oleson Property

This work party will focus on completing the removal of tree tubes from our Oleson location. We need to remove the Garry oaks planted under the power lines to be in compliance with BPA right-of-way requirements. This will be the last chance to complete tree tube removal before the BPA deadline. A caravan will meet in front of the refuge visitor center at 8:45am. A map will be made available to those who can’t arrive in time to join the caravan. Please bring gloves, clothing you are willing to get dirty, and a water bottle. Application not required. Questions?  Email Mike at michael_lotspeich@fws.gov.

 

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

**Volunteer Naturalist Training 2014--Dates Announced**

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!

Participants will 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.

When: Thursdays from 9 am-3 pm (February 27th, March 6th, 13th, and 20th)

Where: Refuge Headquarters- 19255 SW Pacific Hwy. Sherwood, OR 97140

Cost: FREE!

Registration: Contact jenna_mendenhall@fws.gov or (503) 625-5944 for an application and more information.


 

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

Requirements

•Attend the 4-session training (February 27, March 6, 13, 20)

•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
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

Requires:
•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

Requires:
•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: March 3, 2014