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Educators are encouraged to bring their students to Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. We hope that by experiencing the Refuge through their natural sense of discovery, students will make important connections with their natural world.

  • Teacher Workshops

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    Teacher Workshops prepare educators to conduct a high-quality environmental education experience on the Refuge. Workshops are offered twice a year. Fall workshops are typically held late-September to mid-October and spring workshops are typically held early- to mid-spring. Workshops focus primarily on K-8 curriculum, however activities can be adapted for younger or older students.

    NOTE: Teachers must have participated in a workshop within the last two years in order to register their class for a field trip.

    Contact the Refuge for more information, and keep an eye on our Events Calendar where we'll post specific dates when they are known.

  • Field Trips

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    After successful completion of a Refuge Teacher Workshop, educator's are encouraged to set up a field trip to the Refuge. Advanced registration is required for all school groups, so please plan well in advance.

    Teachers can take advantage of the many environmental education facilities located at the Refuge, including:
    • A one-mile nature trail
    • Five environmental education study sites
    • Ample bus parking

    • A Tri-Met bus stop for classrooms using public transportation

    • Outdoor Shelter with restrooms, drinking water, and tables


    A couple notes:
    • There are no public telephones or garbage facilities
    • Education facilities are accessible for people with disabilities

    Please contact the Refuge by e-mail at or phone at (503) 625-5944 for additional information and assistance with setting up a field trip.

  • Curriculum

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    With the assistance of local educators, and in keeping with national and Oregon State learning standards, the Refuge has produced Rhythms of the Refuge: An Educator's Guide to Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.

    The guide includes information about the Refuge's habitats and wildlife, a field trip planning chapter, as well as pre-field trip, on-site field trip, and post-field trip activities. 

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  • Neighborhood Explorers

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    Looking for a great way to engage kids in nature before heading outside? Check out Neighborhood Explorers from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This fun and interactive Web-based app is loaded with games and cool information about nature and wildlife that will help kids discover the wonders of the natural world right in their own backyards.

    Check out Neighborhood Explorers now!

    Looking for more kid-friendly nature games?

    Head over to our Experience Nature website

Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015
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