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.

 

June 2014

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

Saturday June 14th, 8:45am-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. Please bring gloves, clothing you are willing to get dirty, and a water bottle. Application not required. RSVP preferred. Questions? Email Mike at michael_lotspeich@fws.gov or Mary at m.french512@gmail.com.

 

July 2014

Second Saturday Work Party--Fence Removal

Saturday July 12th, 8:45am-12:00pm

This work party will focus on the removal of fence poles from our North Claus location. When this property was acquired there was a fence line within its boundary. We try to remove old fence lines, because they pose a threat to wildlife. We will work at our North Claus Unit off SW Tonquin Road. A caravan will meet in front of the refuge Wildlife 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. RSVP preferred. Questions? Email Mike at michael_lotspeich@fws.gov or Mary at m.french512@gmail.com.

 

August 2014

Second Saturday Work Party-- Clearing Invasive Plants from the Wayside near Roy Rogers Road
Saturday August 9th, 8:45am-12:00pm

This work party will focus on clearing invasive blackberries from our main unit. These invasive plants out-compete native plant species. Removing blackberries, can help keep them from spreading, and potentially gives native species the opportunity they need to grow and thrive. We will work on removing the blackberry bushes on the main unit near Roy Rogers Road. 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. RSVP preferred. Questions? Email Mike at michael_lotspeich@fws.gov or Mary at m.french512@gmail.com.

September 2014

Second Saturday Work Party-- Celebrating National Public Lands Day
Saturday September 13th, 8:30am-12:00pm

The Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refueg are proud to host an event honoring National Public Lands Day. The spread of invasive plant species upsets the balance of natural ecosystems. By working together to remove them, we can make a difference for native wildlife and their habitats. Come join us and our sponsor, REI Inc., as we celebrate this special day while helping to maintain a healthy environment. REI and the Friends are offering special giveaways too; volunteer t-shirts and National Public Lands coupons for individuals and their families! Supplies are limited, so please feel free to come a bit early to secure your spot. Please bring gloves, clothing you are willing to get dirty, and a water bottle. Meet at the Education Shelter. Please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org for more information!  Application not required. RSVP preferred.  Questions? Email Mike at michael_lotspeich@fws.gov or Mary at m.french512@gmail.com

Guided Tree Walk

Saturday September 20th, 8:30am-10:30am
Come join Refuge volunteer, Sandy Reid, for a guided walk focusing on native trees; what they are and how they work! Meet in front of the Wildlife Center at 8:30AM and be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate attire. Amazing knowledge about trees and their integral role at the refuge is provided! Questions? Email Rachel at rmiller@friends oftualatinrefige.org.

First Makings Classes

Saturday September 20th - Sunday September 21st; 10:00am-4:00pm

Register for the third session of First Makings Classes, hosted by Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, and sponsored by the Northwest Indian College. The four classes offered at this session are: (1) Pendleton Vests-taught by Celeste Whitewolf  (Member of Confederated Tribes of Umatilla);  (2) Baby Board-taught by Lukas Angus (Member of the Nez Perce Tribe); (3) Baby Moccasins-tiaght by Linda Meanus (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs); and (4) Cedar Rattle – taught by Stephanie Woods (Member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde). To register please email celeste.whitewolf@gmail.com with what class you would like to attend, whether or not you are a member of a federally recognized tribe (please bring your tribal ID to the class if you are), contact information if you have not attended a class before, and potluck dish, if you are able to bring one. Please sign up as soon as you can as there are only 10 spaces per class, and classes fill up quickly.  Download Flyer

Annual Meeting--Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge--Members Only Event

Saturday September 27th, 8:30am

Join the Friends of Tualatin River Refuge as to celebrating the year's accomplishments and a look forward to what's in store for the future.  This is a member's only event. Please go to the Friends website to learn more about the Friends, membership, and the annual event.

October 2014

Night at the Refuge

Wednesday October 8th, 7:00-8:30pm

Have you ever touched a coyote, seen a bat skeleton, or hooted like an owl? Join refuge staff and volunteers for Night at the Refuge. Learn about the nocturnal creatures that call the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge home, and what makes them so unique. We will start inside exploring pelts, skulls, feathers, and much more. Then we will head out on the trail to look and listen for the sights and sounds in the night. This is a family friendly event. Registration is required. Email Jenna Mendenhall or 503-625-5944 for more information or to register.

Teacher Workshop--Open Your Eyes to Wildlife (K-8). Free
Saturday October 18th, 9:00am-3:00pm

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 classroom resources. Registration required. Email jmendenhall@friendsoftualatinrefuge.org with your name, address, phone number, school, and grade(s) you teach. Questions? Please call Jenna 503.625.5944 x222. Download Flyer

 

November 2014

Night at the Refuge

Wednesday November 5th, 6:30-8:00pm

Have you ever touched a coyote, seen a bat skeleton, or hooted like an owl? Join refuge staff and volunteers for Night at the Refuge. Learn about the nocturnal creatures that call the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge home, and what makes them so unique. We will start inside exploring pelts, skulls, feathers, and much more. Then we will head out on the trail to look and listen for the sights and sounds in the night. This is a family friendly event. Registration is required. Email Jenna Mendenhall or 503-625-5944 for more information or to register.

 

December 2014


Night at the Refuge

Wednesday December 3rd, 6:30-8:00pm

Have you ever touched a coyote, seen a bat skeleton, or hooted like an owl? Join refuge staff and volunteers for Night at the Refuge. Learn about the nocturnal creatures that call the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge home, and what makes them so unique. We will start inside exploring pelts, skulls, feathers, and much more. Then we will head out on the trail to look and listen for the sights and sounds in the night. This is a family friendly event. Registration is required. Email Jenna Mendenhall or 503-625-5944 for more information or to register.

Waterbird Watching 101

Saturday December 13th, 8:00am – 10:00am

Do you enjoy watching birds in wetlands, lakes, and streams, but are not sure what they are doing, where they came from, or even know their name? Do you want to learn more about bird behavior, migration, identification, or how to use binoculars? Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist, Michelle McDowell, to learn the basics of birdwatching and nature observation and open your eyes to the wonders that can be discovered at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Fall and winter are the best time to experience migrating waterfowl that travel through the refuge by the thousands. All experience levels are welcome. Space is limited so register early by emailing or calling Jenna Mendenhall, 503-625-5944 x222. We explore the refuge in rain or shine so dress for the weather. We will take a leisurely easy stroll on our wheelchair accessible nature trail. Bring your binoculars and field guides if you have them or borrow ours during the walk.

 

Last updated: September 17, 2014