Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region
 

 

Special Events and Activites

All activities are free unless indicated otherwise and are held at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, in Sherwood. Directions.  Parking is available onsite or visitors can take Tri-Met bus route #94 directly to the Refuge. Trails and activities are fully accessible and visitors needing special assistance will be accommodated.

 

 

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January 2014

Puddle Stompers

Wednesday January 8th,  10:00am-11:30am

Wednesday January 22nd,  10:00am-11:30am

Do you have a little one who enjoys being outdoors? Are you wondering what they can do during the rainy season? Bring your littlest naturalist to the Refuge to stomp in puddles and learn to appreciate the wet weather that makes Oregon so green!

This preschool environmental education program invites children and their families to spend the morning learning about the natural wonders of the Refuge! Volunteer Naturalists will lead nature crafts, share stories, and guide hikes on Refuge trails. The Refuge supplies 'froggy' raingear for the kids, but adults should bring their own. Each date offers a different theme, so Puddle Stompers are encouraged to visit on multiple days.

This event is free & open to the public, but registration is required. Send your name, email address, phone number, and the date(s) you would like to attend, along with your little naturalist’s name and age, to Jenna at jenna_mendenhall@fws.gov or call (503)625-5944. 

 

Sunday Nature Stroll

Sunday January 26th, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Stroll with a refuge naturalist on a Sunday afternoon each month and learn to spot some of the more hidden gems on the refuge.  Learn the animal track stories in cement, understand more about riparian habitats, learn the flowers of shrubs, trees and forbs, find out where the otters slide and much more. Reservations are not required. Please come prepared for the weather and meet naturalist in the Widllife Center plaza area.

 

February 2014

Puddle Stompers

Wednesday February 5th,  10:00am-11:30am

Wednesday February 19th,  10:00am-11:30am

Do you have a little one who enjoys being outdoors? Are you wondering what they can do during the rainy season? Bring your littlest naturalist to the Refuge to stomp in puddles and learn to appreciate the wet weather that makes Oregon so green!

This preschool environmental education program invites children and their families to spend the morning learning about the natural wonders of the Refuge! Volunteer Naturalists will lead nature crafts, share stories, and guide hikes on Refuge trails. The Refuge supplies 'froggy' raingear for the kids, but adults should bring their own. Each date offers a different theme, so Puddle Stompers are encouraged to visit on multiple days.

This event is free & open to the public, but registration is required. Send your name, email address, phone number, and the date(s) you would like to attend, along with your little naturalist’s name and age, to Jenna at jenna_mendenhall@fws.gov or call (503)625-5944. 

 

**Special Exhibition**

William L. Finley: Father of Oregon's National Wildlife Refuges

Grand Opening February 22nd through August 2014

Open to the public Saturdays & Sundays 10:00am-4:00pm

Join us for an exhibition featuring prints from original glass photographic plates by William L. Finley and Herman Bohlman from the collection of the Washington County Museum and curated for “Put a Bird on it: Nature Photography of William L. Finley 1876-1953.” T his exhibit will highlight Finley’s important role in the development early wildlife refuges and will celebrate the wildlife, especially birds, for which he advocated so tirelessly.

Sunday Nature Stroll

Sunday February 23rd, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Stroll with a refuge naturalist on a Sunday afternoon each month and learn to spot some of the more hidden gems on the refuge.  Learn the animal track stories in cement, understand more about riparian habitats, learn the flowers of shrubs, trees and forbs, find out where the otters slide and much more. Reservations are not required. Please come prepared for the weather and meet naturalist in the Widllife Center plaza area.

Volunteer Naturalist Training

Thursdays February 27th, March 6th, 13th, and 20th, 9:00am-3:00pm

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)

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

 

March 2014

Puddle Stompers

Tuesday March 4th,  10:00am-11:30am

Wednesday March 12th,  10:00am-11:30am

Do you have a little one who enjoys being outdoors? Are you wondering what they can do during the rainy season? Bring your littlest naturalist to the Refuge to stomp in puddles and learn to appreciate the wet weather that makes Oregon so green!

This preschool environmental education program invites children and their families to spend the morning learning about the natural wonders of the Refuge! Volunteer Naturalists will lead nature crafts, share stories, and guide hikes on Refuge trails. The Refuge supplies 'froggy' raingear for the kids, but adults should bring their own. Each date offers a different theme, so Puddle Stompers are encouraged to visit on multiple days.

This event is free & open to the public, but registration is required. Send your name, email address, phone number, and the date(s) you would like to attend, along with your little naturalist’s name and age, to Jenna at jenna_mendenhall@fws.gov or call (503)625-5944. 

 

Second Saturday Work Party--Planting Native Plants Along Trail

Saturday March 8th, 9:00am-12:00pm

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 Trevor at trevor_sheffels@fws.gov.

 

Local Author Presentation and Book Signing

Saturday March 8th, 2:00pm

Join local author Sara Swanson for a presentation about her and Max Smith’s new book -

"Must see birds of the Pacific Northwest: What we learned about birds, birding and books". She will sign books after presentation. No registration required.

William L. Finley: A Life's Work in Wildlife Conservation

Saturday, March 22, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Join biographer, Worth Mathewson, for a slide presentation about William L. Finley and his life's work. Learn about how Finley's photographs and advocacy during a critcal wildlife conservation era, (1890s, early 1900s) was a catalyst for protecting wildlife. Finley was instrumental in establishing three Oregon refuges and giving his
name to another, and his legacy of conservation is reflected in all of our refuges.

Sunday Nature Stroll

Sunday March 30th, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Stroll with a refuge naturalist on a Sunday afternoon each month and learn to spot some of the more hidden gems on the refuge.  Learn the animal track stories in cement, understand more about riparian habitats, learn the flowers of shrubs, trees and forbs, find out where the otters slide and much more. Reservations are not required. Please come prepared for the weather and meet naturalist in the Widllife Center plaza area.

 

April 2014

Teacher Workshop--Open Your Eyes to Wildlife (K-8)

Saturday, April 12th, 8:30am-2:30pm. Free. Registration required.

The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge offers an Environmental Education program which enables students to learn the value of our ecosystems. It extends the learning process beyond the conventional classroom limits and encourages students to make connections with their natural environment. The workshop provides teachers with the tools they need to bring students out for teacher-led field trips. Parent volunteers are encouraged to join the workshop too. Resources for participants include: strategies for planning a successful field trip to the Tualatin River NWR, a CD with the Refuge’s EE curriculum, a walking tour of the Refuge, a 10% discount in Nature’s Overlook on the day of the workshop, and answers to your questions. Email Jenna Mendehall with your name, address, phone number, school, and grade(s) you teach. Questions? Please call 503.625.5944.

Educators learning teaching techniques in classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Saturday Work Party--Removing Tree Tubes from Garry Oaks Oleson Property

Saturday April 12th, 9:00am-12:00pm

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. Questions? Email Mike at michael_lotspeich@fws.gov.

 

**Special Event**

Native Plant Sale hosted by Friends of the Refuge
Saturday, April 26th, 9:00am-3:00pm

Plan your naturescape with fellow plant enthusiasts at our annual 'For the Birds' native plant sale. Prices will range from $4 to $14 and feature many species in bloom such as violets, lilies, strawberries and dozens more, plus a variety of handsome shrubs. These are all native to the Willamette and Tualatin valleys and provide shelter and food necessary for birds and other native animals. For those interested in learning more about native plants, we will have specialists here to help you choose and learn. You may purchase plants with cash, checks or credit cards; carrying boxes will be available.

David Herrellson, historian for the Grand Ronde Tribe, will speak on Native American ethnobotany at 10:00am. Gary Fawver, a knowledgeable naturalist, will lead a hike beginning at 11:00am. 

 

May 2014

 

Second Saturday Work Party-- Clearing Invasive Plants from the Public Trails
Saturday May 10th, 9:00am-12:00pm

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. Wear gloves and boots and bring some water. Questions? Email Mike at michael_lotspeich@fws.gov.


**Our Biggest Event of the Year**

Tualatin River Bird Festival

Saturday, May 17th, all day

The Friends of the Refuge in conjunction with Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, welcome you to our 19th annual Tualatin River Bird Festival. This is a FREE family friendly event!

Join us for a diversity of family-friendly activities celebrating wildlife and wild places.

  • Audubon of Portland live bird show
  • Native Blessing by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
  • ODFW Archery Clinic
  • Early morning Bird Banding Demonstration with USFWS
  • Learn to catch a fish at the ODFW casting clinic
  • Ducks Unlimited decoy painting
  • William L. Finely photography exhibit
  • Build a Bat House, Bird House or Bee Board
  • conservation exhibits
  • guided walks for adults and kids.
  • hands-on conservation activities geared toward kids.

A shuttle bus will transport you in comfort from our offsite parking location right to the front door of the Refuge. Buses will start running at 5:30 AM (just in time for our first bird walk of the day) until 6:30 PM.  Check back at Friends of Tualatin River Refuge for a complete schedule of events.


 

June 2014

Second Saturday Work Party--Removing Tree Tubes from Garry Oaks Oleson Property

Saturday June 14th, 9:00am-12:00pm

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. Questions? Email Mike at michael_lotspeich@fws.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: March 3, 2014