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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
May 10th, 9:00am-12:00pm–Clearing Invasive Plants from the Public Trails
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Environmental Education Volunteer Naturalist
**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
Registration: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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
•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 email@example.com
"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
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