Naturalist Led Hikes

The following listings are for Steigerwald Lake, Pierce, and Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuges.  Limited space is available.  Sign up for any of the listed walks by calling the Ridgefield Office at (360) 887-4106 or emailing Mesha Wood, mesha_wood@fws.gov with number in your party and contact info. 

Other groups that may be offering guided hikes are; Backyard Birdshop, Vancouver Audubon, Portland Audubon, and the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge.

  • Birding at Ridgefield NWR

    The following hikes are led by Ron Escano.  They start at 8 am at the respective trail head and last two to three hours.  

    These hikes are free, however you are required to pay the Refuge $3 daily entrance fee (free with Federal Lands Pass or Refuge Annual Pass).  Please bring cash or applicable pass and allow yourself an extra 5 minutes to register at the self service kiosk.  Click here for more information about passes and fees at Ridgefield NWR.

     
    Oaks to Wetlands Trail on the Carty Unit: 
    • Saturday September 8th
    • Saturday September 22nd
    • Saturday October 20th
     

     

    Kiwa Trail on the River 'S' Unit 

    • Saturday September 29th

     

  • Birding at Steigerwald Lake NWR

    The following hikes are led by Ron Escano. They start at 8 am at the respective trail head and last two to three hours. There is no entrance fee at this site.   

    • Saturday September 15th

    • Saturday October 13th

    • Sunday November 4th

    Click here to learn more about the Steigerwald Lake Refuge and trail.

     

    Various guided walks by other volunteers at Steigerwald Lake NWR may be found on the Gorge Refuge Stewards website, at RefugeStewards.org. Email jared_strawderman@fws.gov to sign up for those walks.

     

     

     

  • Bat Walks at Steigerwald Lake NWR

    Join us for a guided tour of the Refuge at night with volunteer and bat enthusiast Dave Miller.  Begin the tour with an introduction to the Refuge and bats.  Then walk through the refuge with a sonar detector so that you can hear the bats catching there meals.

    Check back here for dates to be announced soon.