Refuge Friends Groups

From celebratory events, to educational programming, to habitat restoration and so much more, Friends are a critical part of engaging the greater Portland-Vancouver community and ensuring their experiences at refuges are full of joy and wonder.

  • The Beating Hearts of the Refuges

    The Portland-Vancouver refuges would not be the tremendous community assets they are without strong relationships with three vital organizations: The Friends of Tualatin River NWR, The Friends of Ridgefield NWR, and the Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards.

    With support from the Urban Program, these groups are expanding their capabilities to reach new and diverse audiences through additional staff and expanded training. Highlights include a cultural education specialist hired by the Friends of Ridgefield NWR to conduct programs about local indigenous communities and their refuge connections, a volunteer coordinator at Steigerwald Lake NWR hired by the Gorge Refuge Stewards, and an expanding Friends of Tualatin River NWR volunteer base nurtured through modern, digital communication techniques and new topics focused on cultural understanding.

  • The Friends of Tualatin River NWR

  • The Friends of Ridgefield NWR

  • Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards