G2-1 A drawing of a Pair of ducks looking at each other, sitting on the water

Guided Tours and classroom visits for Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuges

School groups: We are excited to offer in-class programming for local 4th-grade classes to promote the National Every Kid in a Park Pass Program. We are currently only accepting applications for this program. If you are interested in a field trip, please reach out when we are taking applications for spring programing. 

Application for 4th-grade in-classroom presentations


Other groups: We have limited capacity for small tours and can accommodate a max of 30 people per trip. Please fill out the following Microsoft Form so that we can understand your needs and determine if we are able to accommodate your group. 

Refuge Programming Application


Self Guided Groups

We still need to know that you are coming so that we don't have too many people on-site at one time. We also would like to be able to alert you if there is a closure of any kind. If you are a self-led group please fill out the Refuge Programming Application above. 

A little about this site: 
Please review this page for site and trail information.
There are no lunch or education shelters onsite however temporary shade tents and tables will be provided as needed. 

Restrooms are vault-style pit toilets with hand sanitizers. There is no running water onsite. 

Do you have more questions that are not answered on this site or in the education application? Contact us at RidgefieldEducation@fws.gov or 360-835-8767. 


Conservation through the Arts

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program encourages students to explore wetland and waterfowl conservation, biology, and wildlife management principles. After learning about waterfowl, students in grades K-12 are invited to enter their State's free Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. The object of the contest is for students to show what they have learned about waterfowl and wetland conservation by drawing or painting a native North American duck, goose or swan. 


Washington State's Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is hosted by Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex. For more information on contest guidelines visit the National Junior Duck Stamp Website or contact the State Coordinator, Mesha_Wood@fws.gov 

New this year, all entries must be postmarked by February 15, 2023 along with the accompanying forms. Our new office in Ridgefield will also accept entries in person, Mon-Fri, 8 AM - 4 PM. Call ahead to ensure the office is open at 360-887-4106.

Mailing Address:
Junior Duck Stamp Contest
28908 NW Main Ave
P.O. Box 457
Ridgefield, WA 98642                                                                                                                          

For all other Education Program inquiries, contact Mesha_Wood@fws.gov to help plan your group's visit.


Related Documents
 Entry Forms (Spanish and English)

Required for all entries

Reference Forms (Spanish and English)

Required for entries by students in grades 7-12