Get Involved


I really enjoy being outdoors. I love meeting visitors on the trail and helping them explore and understand the Refuge. I've become passionate about bird watching and what better place is there to do just that! Not even the rain can keep me away as there is always something new to experience. — Debbie, Volunteer Trail Rover

Connecting Communities & People With Nature

The refuge began as a community idea and continues to enjoy tremendous community support. As one of only a handful of urban refuges in the country, Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge has a special goal of connecting people with nature to ensure the future of conservation.

Be Part of the Community Dream—We Need Your Help

Enjoy and learn about nature . . . Meet new people . . . Give to your community . . . Learn new skills . . . Have fun!

Want to be a Volunteer? It's Easy!

  1. Read the position descriptions below.
  2. Call or email Kim if you would like more information at (503) 625-5944 or
  3. Download a Volunteer Application.
  4. Complete application. Please be specific as to what positions you are interested in based on the descriptions below. (Not all opportunities on the application are available at the refuge.)
  5. Return via email, fax, postal mail, or in person. We'll get back in touch with you as soon as possible to:

      Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
      Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge
      19255 SW Pacific Highway
      Sherwood, OR 97140
      (503) 625-5944 (office)
      (503) 625-5947 (fax)

Volunteers who contribute 250 hours of time may be eligible for an America the Beautiful Volunteer Pass.

Join Friends of the Refuge

Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is an all volunteer, community non-profit organization that is dedicated to the protection and restoration of our refuges for the benefit of fish and wildlife and for public education and recreation.

Second Saturday Work Parties

Most second Saturdays of each month we host a work party to improve habitat conditions on the refuges. Please check back for future work party information.

Become a Volunteer Naturalist

Do you know someone who is looking for a new way to share their love of nature? Do they enjoy being outside, meeting new people and working with kids? If so, encourage them to become a Volunteer Naturalist on the Refuge!

We host an annual training, each February/March, where participants gain skills in interpretation, environmental education and working with children. Participants will learn about the history of the National Wildlife Refuge System and Wapato Lake and Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuges. Want to learn more? Contact Jenna Mendenhall at or (503) 625-5944.