Facility Activities

Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities at our refuge, including hiking our trails, photography, wildlife viewing, birding, and ranger-led programs. We also offer environmental education and field trip opportunities for educators. 

With a little over 200 different species of birds that visit the refuge throughout the year, there is ample opportunity to view birds. We host a wide variety of birds, from raptors to waterfowl. 

Take a walk on our year-round trail or seasonal trail (open May 1 – September 30). Our year-round trail is two miles out-and-back trail, which takes visitors through oak and forested habitat, and ends in a wetland overlook platform. Our seasonal trail (closed during the winter to provide...

With a wide variety of wildlife to see against a backdrop of wetland and wooded habitat, our refuge is a great destination for nature photography. Our photo blind is available to use by reservation. Call our administrative office at (503) 625-5944 or email tualatinriver@fws.gov to inquire. We...

Our refuge hosts several ranger-led and volunteer-led opportunities; all programs are free and open to the public. Some programs are offered seasonally (waterfowl watch, owl prowl, bats of the refuge), while some are offered year-round (puddle stompers).

Owl Prowl (...

While our refuge hosts over 200 species of birds, there are also a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects to see. Here are some wildlife viewing tips from refuge staff:

Use binoculars and/or spotting scopes to see wildlife from far away without disturbing them...

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge offers waterfowl hunting for youth ages 17 and younger at our Riverboat unit (a separate unit that is otherwise closed to the public) and provides safe and quality education opportunities, mentorships, and introduce young people to hunting heritage. The...

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge provides educators a fantastic opportunity to bring their students out to experience wildlife and ecosystems that they have studied in their classrooms. We offer a variety of learning opportunities for most grades. All programs are free of cost. We...