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  • Upcoming Training Opportunities

    Volunteering at the Refuge does not require previous experience. Bring your enthusiasm and passion for connecting people with nature and culture and we will teach you all you need to know.  The following are upcoming training opportunities for 2017.  For more information and to sign up - Contact Josie Finley at 360-887-4106 x 130. 

    Get "Wild in the City" at our Open House in Vancouver on March 4th from 11:30 to 2:30.  

    We will be showcasing local refuges and opportunities at the Cascade Park Community Library.  More details to come about this free family friendly event!  

    Volunteer Training Webinars - Wednesdays in March from 1 to 2 pm.  (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd)

    Whether you are new to volunteering with us or you have been helping us for a long time, these webinars will update you on current happenings, remind you of what is unique about each local refuge in our management unit, and show you what you need to know to have a fun and safe volunteer experience.  View these live and ask questions during the presentation, or watch later at your leisure.

    Volunteer Training Series - Saturdays in March from 10 am to 3 pm.  (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd)

    The most fun series of events we do for volunteers, this training takes people of all ages and background and brings them together to learn about wildlife, habitat, culture, and communication techniques.  Whether you have previous knowledge and experience, or you are just really interested and want to share your passion with others, this training will interest you!  

  • Education

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    Help us inspire the next generation. Kids of all ages need hands-on learning and inspiration in the great outdoors as part of a well-rounded education. We need your help to make their visit to the Refuge fun and memorable. Field trips take place during the weekdays starting in April.

    Contact Josie Finley at or 360-887-4106 x 130

  • Cathlapotle Plankhouse

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    The Cathlapotle Plankhouse draws thousands of visitors to the Refuge each year. Help share the legacy of the Indigenous people who have tended to this place since time immemorial as a Plankhouse Docent or Cultural Educator. Field trips take place during the weekdays. Docents staff the house on weekends from April - September.

    Contact Juliet McGraw at 360-887-4106 x 123

  • Refuge and Trail Greeters

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    Over 120,000 visitors flock to the refuge annually to enjoy nature through participation in wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, cultural interpretation, hunting, and fishing. Volunteers help to make their experiences meaningful. Share your enthusiasm for nature and make the Refuge a welcoming place for people walking our trails, stopping at the Visitor Contact Station and driving the AutoTour.

    Contact Josie Finley at or 360-887-4106 x 130

  • Habitat Restoration

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    Volunteers get to see the most beautiful places on the refuge while helping to ensure that native wildlife have food and shelter. Bundle-up and join us for winter restoration work thru early March. Projects include maintenance of past planting sites, blackberry control, and the search and removal of shiny geranium. Crews meet on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

    Contact Sean Davis at or 360-887-3883 x 14

  • 2016 Webinars

    The following webinars can be viewed by anyone with an internet connection.  These are recorded, so you will not have the ability to call in or use the chat box to interact with the presenters.  Please ignore the instructions on the webinar explaining these interactive features.

    Intro to the Volunteer Program

    Intro to Indigenous Culture along the Lower Columbia River  

    *This webinar comes with the following important attachments.  Please view or download the following before watching Intro to Culture webinar:   

    • Read First: Forward to the Cultural Webinar (One Page PDF)
    • There was a glitch in the recording of this webinar and the slides do not advance as they should.  While you listen to Sarah Hill's presentation view the following PowerPoint in PDF version (10 page PDF). 
  • Forms

    Volunteer Services Agreement: All volunteers must sign a Volunteer Services Agreement before starting to volunteer.  Please print, fill out, and sign this form and bring it with you for your first day.  

    Volunteer Timesheet: Use this to keep track of your volunteer hours.  Your hours mean resources for the refuge through grant applications and special reporting. 

    Volunteer Manual: If you are volunteering on the Refuge for an extended period of time it is important that you understand the program and our volunteer policies.  This manual gives you background and useful information for working on the refuge as well as what to do in emergency situations.   


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Last Updated: Jan 18, 2017
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