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Environmental Education

Students at Rock Creek study siteEducators 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, that students will make important connections with their natural world.

Classroom field trips to the Refuge rely entirely on an "educator led" concept.  Educators and group leaders from the community plan and conduct their own field trips within the guidelines of the Refuge's established programs..  The Refuge offers a range of resources and assistance to facilitate student learning.




Teacher Workshops

Teachers touring the refuge as part of teacher workshopTeacher workshops will prepare educators to conduct a quality environmental education experience on the Refuge. Teachers must have participated in a workshop within the last two years in order to register their class for a field trip.  Workshops will be offered twice a year.  Fall workshops will typically be held late-September to mid-October and spring workshops will typically be held early- to mid-spring.  Workshops focus primarily on K-8 curriculum, however activities can be adapted for younger or older students.


Upcoming Teacher Workshops

Saturday, February 23, 2008 (K-5); Download Workshop Flyer
Thursday-Friday, April 17-18, 2008, Project Learning Tree (6-8)
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 (K-8)--tentative
Saturday, September 27, 2008 (K-8)--tentative

Registration is required for all teacher workshops.  Contact to register or to learn more about Refuge Education Opportunities.



With the assistance of local educators, and in keeping with national and Oregon State learning standards, the Refuge has produced an educator's guide.  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.

Download Our New Educator's Guide

Title page of environmental education curriculum

Table of Contents

Chapter I--Background

Field Trips

After successful completion of a Refuge Teacher Workshop, educator's may register for a field trip.  Advanced registration is required for all school groups.  Teachers can take advantage of the many environmental education facilities located at the Refuge.  These include:

  • A one-mile nature trail traversing a variety of habitats
  • Five environmental education study sites for students to participate in on-site activities
  • Ample bus parking
  • A Tri-Met bus stop for classrooms using public transportation
  • Restrooms

Please note: There are currently no drinking fountains, public telephones or garbage facilities.

Environmental education facilities have been designed to accommodate our disabled visitors. 

Please contact the Refuge at 503-625-5944 for additional information and assistance.