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  • Vol Training

    Volunteer Training Series

    Come learn about wildlife, habitat, & culture. Volunteers teach students, engage visitors, & help with on and offsite events.

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    Refuge Open Dawn to Dusk!

    Automatic gates allow access to the refuge from dawn to dusk daily. Gate times are posted on this website and at the entrance.

    Plan Your Visit

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    Columbian white-tailed deer

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service celebrate the reclassification of the Columbia River population from endangered to threatened.

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    Use your car as a viewing blind

    Stay in your car on the Auto Tour Route Oct-April and you are sure to see wintering waterfowl without scaring them away

    Learn more about the Auto Tour Route

Public Notices

Access Projects

The Federal Highway Administration and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have been working together to make access to the refuge safer and more enjoyable to both vehicles and pedestrians. Follow the link below to learn more about plans for a new River S bridge as well as improved pedestrian access to the Carty Unit.

Federal Lands and Highways Project Summaries

About the Complex

Ridgefield National Wildlife Complex

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The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex is comprised of four National Wildlife Refuges in southwestern Washington State – Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, Pierce, and Franz Lake.

Ridgefield is managed as part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Refuge News

  • Volunteer Opportunities

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    Interested connecting people to nature and culture? Would you like to spend more time on the refuge and learn about the wildlife and history of your area? This spring we are welcoming new and returning volunteers to learn new skills and connect visitors of all ages and backgrounds. No experience necessary. Join us for this fun and rewarding experience! Upcoming training opportunities include March webinars and an April Naturalist Training series. We also have much going on in habitat restoration through out the year.

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  • Imagine...

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    Ridgefield NWR in partnership with the Friends of Ridgefield NWR, after seeking input from our community, are in the process of visualizing and planning a Community and Nature Center at the Refuge. Download our Project Update to learn more about the current status of the project and help needed.

    Visitor Center Project Update
  • Be a Friend

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    Volunteers are essential to maintaining healthy habitats and creating learning and recreational opportunities. Refuges are fortunate to have volunteer groups like the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, who's mission is to support, protect, and enhance the refuge and its wildlife hatibat, and to broaden public awareness and participation in environmental, cultural, and educational opportunities.

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  • Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

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    Nature is more than just a place to visit, it's all around us, every day. Our passion for conservation at the USFWS is on display at the four National Wildlife Refuges of the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area, but we can do more. Through the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, we are working with community partners throughout the metro area to ensure a nature-rich future for the entire region.

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Last Updated: Mar 17, 2017
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