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.

 

 

January-March 2015-Winter Planting

Plant Roots at the Refuge

Saturdays and Wednesdays, January 10 to March 28th, 9:00am - 12:30pm

Come plant trees and help us restore upland forests for wildlife and for clean water.  All experience levels are welcome.

For more information or to learn how to get involved, visit Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge website.

Download flyer.

 

January 2015

Puddle Stompers

Wednesday January 7th,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 walks on the 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. For more information please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org. From the main page, click on the calendar tab near the top of the page. From there, click on the event you would like to attend for more information and to register. Questions? Please call Jenna Mendenhall, Friends Education Lead or 503-625-5944 x222.

Waterbird Watching 101

Saturday January 10th, 2015; 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 bird watching 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. 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. This event is free & open to the public, but registration is required. For more information please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org. From the main page, click on the calendar tab near the top of the page. From there, click on the event you would like to attend for more information and to register. Questions? Please contact Jenna Mendenhall, Friends Education Lead or 503-625-5944 x222.

Owl Prowl

Wednesday January 13th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Whooooo goes there? Join us at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge to find out about the owls that make the Refuge their home. During a night hike we will learn about the mysterious lives of our nocturnal neighbors, discover their habitat, and learn about their amazing adaptations for life at night. This event is free & open to the public, but registration is required. For more information please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org. From the main page, click on the calendar tab near the top of the page. From there, click on the event you would like to attend for more information and to register. Questions? Please contact Jenna Mendenhall Friends Education Lead or 503-625-5944 x222.

Teacher Workshop - Students for Stewardship

Saturday, January 17th, 9:00am-3:00pm

Discover the sights and sounds of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge while exploring the Environmental Education Activity Guide Project Learning Tree. Educators will obtain resources that engage students in activities that make connections to the natural world through interactive lessons and stewardship projects. At the end of this workshop educators will be able to identify stewardship projects for students, feel more comfortable taking their students outside, and have a plan with potential lessons and projects that they will be able to use at their school or education site. Educators will also gain access to the refuge curricula: Rhythms of the Refuge, and learn about the educational opportunities the refuge has to offer. Please be prepared to be outside, and be sure to bring your enthusiasm and questions! This workshop is through the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program.

To register please visit: http://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops/students-stewardship

Puddle Stompers

Thursday 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 walks on the 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. For more information please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org. From the main page, click on the calendar tab near the top of the page. From there, click on the event you would like to attend for more information and to register. Questions? Please contact Jenna Mendenhall, Friends Education Lead or 503-625-5944 x222.

February 2015

Owl Prowl

Wednesday February 4th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Whooooo goes there? Join us at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge to find out about the owls that make the Refuge their home. During a night hike we will learn about the mysterious lives of our nocturnal neighbors, discover their habitat, and learn about their amazing adaptations for life at night.

This event is free & open to the public, but registration is required. For more information please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org. From the main page, click on the calendar tab near the top of the page. From there, click on the event you would like to attend for more information and to register. Questions? Please contact Jenna Mendenhall, Friends Education Lead or 503-625-5944 x222.

Sunday Family Stroll – Winter Twigs on the Refuge

Sunday February 8th, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Venture out with a refuge naturalist for a free nature walk to explore the oak savanna, riparian forest and wetland ecosystems and natural history of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Topics will vary from walk to walk but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes. No groups please– if you are interested in bringing a group please call the refuge at least two weeks in advance to make arrangements for an alternate time. This event is free and open to the public, and registration is not required. For more information please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org. From the main page, click on the calendar tab near the top of the page. From there, click on the event you would like to attend for more information and to register. Questions? Please contact Jenna Mendenhall, Friends Education Lead or 503-625-5944 x222.

Puddle Stompers

Tuesday February 10th, 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. For more information please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org. From the main page, click on the calendar tab near the top of the page. From there, click on the event you would like to attend for more information and to register. Questions? Please contact Jenna Mendenhall, Friends Education Lead or 503-625-5944 x222.

Waterbird Watching 101

Saturday February 14th, 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 bird watching 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. 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. This event is free & open to the public, but registration is required. For more information please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org. From the main page, click on the calendar tab near the top of the page. From there, click on the event you would like to attend for more information and to register. Questions? Please contact Jenna Mendenhall, Friends Education Lead or 503-625-5944 x222.

Puddle Stompers

Wednesday February 25th, 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. For more information please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org. From the main page, click on the calendar tab near the top of the page. From there, click on the event you would like to attend for more information and to register. Questions? Please contact Jenna Mendenhall, Friends Education Lead or 503-625-5944 x222.

 

Volunteer Naturalist Training

Wednesday February 25th--evening orientation

Thursdays February 26th, March 5th, March 12th, & March 19th--all day

You are invited to become a Volunteer Naturalist at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge! Share your love of nature while connecting with your community and local wildlife refuge with this rewarding and enriching opportunity. Volunteer Naturalists welcome visitors, lead school and community field trips, facilitate opportunistic learning, and serve as a refuge resource. During the March training volunteers will gain skills in interpretation, environmental education, group management, and nature awareness all while exploring the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Training begins with an evening orientation on February 25th. The all-day training series begins on February 26th and continues March 5th, 12th, and 19th.

For more information and an application please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org and click on the Naturalist Training in the box on the right hand side of the main page. Questions? Please email Friends Education Lead Jenna Mendenhall or call (503)625-5944 x222. 

Not available for training or just interested in helping out periodically? There are many fun and rewarding programs and events that take place throughout the year. We would love to have you be a part of the refuge family. Please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org for other volunteer opportunities.

 

March 2015

Sunday Family Stroll – Signs of the Season

Sunday March 8th, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Venture out with a refuge naturalist for a free nature walk to explore the oak savanna, riparian forest and wetland ecosystems and natural history of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Topics will vary from walk to walk but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes. No groups please– if you are interested in bringing a group please call the refuge at least two weeks in advance to make arrangements for an alternate time. This event is free and open to the public, and registration is not required. For more information please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org. From the main page, click on the calendar tab near the top of the page. From there, click on the event you would like to attend for more information and to register. Questions? Please contact Jenna Mendenhall, Friends Education Lead or 503-625-5944 x222.

Puddle Stompers

Tuesday March 10th,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. For more information please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org. From the main page, click on the calendar tab near the top of the page. From there, click on the event you would like to attend for more information and to register. Questions? Please contact Jenna Mendenhall, Friends Education Lead or 503-625-5944 x222.

Puddle Stompers

Wednesday March 18th,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. For more information please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org. From the main page, click on the calendar tab near the top of the page. From there, click on the event you would like to attend for more information and to register. Questions? Please contact Jenna Mendenhall, Friends Education Lead or 503-625-5944 x222.

Spring Break Exploration Days

Tuesday-Friday March 24th – 27th, 2015; 1:00-3:00pm

Come discover the natural wonders of wildlife at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge! This family-oriented event will feature hands-on nature activities and crafts for kids of all ages. Each day will offer a different theme, so feel free to drop in any or all days. We will carry on rain or shine. This event is free and does not require registration. Please visit the Wildlife Center anytime between 1:00 – 3:00pm. Questions? Please contact Jenna Mendenhall, Friends Education Lead or 503-625-5944 x222.

 

 

Last updated: January 6, 2015