Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region

Get Involved

Connecting Communities & People With Nature

The Refuge began as a community idea and continues to be successful with community support. As one of only a handful of urban refuges in the country, Tualatin River 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 email Kim Strassburg
  3. Download a Volunteer Application here (560KB)
  4. Complete application.  Please be specific as to what positions you are interested in based on descriptions below. (**Not all opportuntites 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.

Attn: Volunteer Coordinator

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

19255 SW Pacific Hwy

Sherwood, OR 97140

503-625-5944 (office)

503-625-5947 (fax)

email: Kim Strassburg

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


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 the Refuge for the benefit of fish and wildlife, and for public education and recreation. Learn more


Habitat Work Parties

Help us restore upland forest at the refuge. Over 12,000 trees need to be planted this winter and we need your help.

For more information or to learn how to get involved, visit Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge website. 


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Environmental Education 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, working with children, and they will learn about the history of the National Wildlife Refuge System and Tualatin River Refuge. Want to learn more? Email Jenna or call (503) 625-5944 x222.

Volunteeer and students examing animal tracks on ground.  USFWS Photo

To help students experience the Refuge through their natural sense of discovery

•Welcome and orient school field trips

•Share nature observation skills

•Inspire students to explore nature

•Facilitate teacher-led activities

•Lead classroom activities

•Prepare educational equipment for field trips


•Attend the 4-session training (February/March)

•Provide 30+ volunteer hours during the school year

•Offer weekday availability

•Desire to work with K-8th grade students

•Ability to work in outdoor and indoor settings

2015 Training Dates Set

Wednesday February 25th and Thursday February 26th, March 5th, March 12th, & March 19th

You are invited to become a Volunteer Naturalist at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge!

Share your love of nature while connecting with your community and local wildlife refuge with this rewarding and enriching opportunity. Volunteer Naturalists welcome visitors, lead school and community field trips, facilitate opportunistic learning, and serve as a refuge resource. During the March training volunteers will gain skills in interpretation, environmental education, group management, and nature awareness all while exploring the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Training begins with an evening orientation on February 25th. The all-day training series begins on February 26th and continues March 5th, 12th, and 19th. For more information and an application please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org and click on the Naturalist Training in the box on the right hand side of the main page.  Want to learn more? Email Jenna or call (503) 625-5944 x222.

Not available for training or just interested in helping out periodically? There are many fun and rewarding programs and events that take place throughout the year. We would love to have you be a part of the refuge fun! Please visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org for other volunteer opportunities.

"It’s fun to share in a student’s excitement as they learn more about the natural environment. I enjoy the challenge of engaging

them in nature. With me, it becomes more sharing of our

observations and experiences. It keeps me thinking and learning, as well."
--Larry, Volunteer Naturalist


Volunteer talking with visitor at Wildlife Center information desk. USFWS photo

Wildlife Center

Be the smiling face that visitors see when arriving at the Refuge. 
•Staff information desk
•Welcome Refuge visitors and answer questions
•Operate cash register at Nature’s Overlook store
•Orient visitors to trails, exhibits, and activities

•An 8-hour commitment per month
•Active membership in Friends of the Refuge
•Attendance at initial training skill sessions

For more information, email Jenna Mendenhall


Volunteer Trail Rover
Be outside and meet visitors
•Walk Refuge trails to welcome visitors
•Answer questions and share nature observations
•Use education to reinforce Refuge rules

•4 hours per month or one weekend shift per month (volunteers “self-schedule”)
•Attendance at initial training skill sessions

Email Jenna Mendenhall for more information.


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


Last updated: January 6, 2015