Wildlife Calendar

Help support the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and their unique education and habitat restoration programs by purchasing this 2017 calendar, originally $15, now just $7.50!
These 16 month calendars run from January 2017 to April 2018, and feature all 16 of the 2016 Refuge Photo Contest Winners.

Each month’s photo is labeled with the winner’s name and their ranking in the contest, as well as identification of the subject of each photo. This calendar also includes key dates that are important to the Friends and the Refuge.

This 8.5×11 calendar opens to 11×17, with #80 cover paper and #100 paper inside. It is saddle-stitched, and includes a hole for wall hanging.

Please contact the Friends of the Refuge at contact@ridgefieldfriends.org with questions.

To purchase these beautiful calendarshttps://www.freewebstore.org/friends-of-ridgefield-national-wildlife-refuge/product/calendar.

Don’t want to pay shipping?

You can also find these calendars for sale at Season’s Coffee Tea & Remedies, located inside the Old Liberty Theater at 115 N Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642! (Cash or check please!)


Volunteer at the Refuge

Work alongside fellow conservationists at the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge while learning about native wildlife management this Saturday, Aug. 27. Volunteers are key to helping biological staff keep wetlands healthy by searching for and removing invasive plants. All work days begin at 9 a.m., rain or shine.

Participants should wear waterproof boots (some are available on‐site) and dress for the weather. Gloves, snacks, and drinks will be provided. Volunteers will meet at the visitor kiosk on the River ‘S’ Unit of the Refuge. Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, click here or email ridgefieldbulrush@gmail.com.

Enter the RNWR Photo Contest

The annual Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge photo contest deadline is Sept 6. Anyone can enter up to 6 photos and entry is free. The prizes are quite nice and they don’t only have to be bird photos with a monster lens that most of us can’t afford. Last year’s winners include photos of frogs and other critters.

Here is the link for more information: http://prophotosupply.com/newsdesk/2016/07/ridgefield-wildlife-refuge-photo-contest/

Coyote at the Refuge


Paul Snoey packed a lunch and headed cross county into the refuge today. He stopped at Fowler Lake to take off his boots and put on running shoes so he could wade through the wetlands.

A coyote puppy came out of the reeds on Blackwater Island and laid down in the shallows for a cool soak

So cute! Paul grabbed his camera and got a couple pictures using a hiking stick to steady the camera. Thanks for sending, Paul.

Temporary River ‘S’ Closure

Fish & Wildlife

The River ‘S’ Unit of the Refuge will be closed Tuesday July 5th for wetland maintenance.
The Carty Unit will remain open for hiking, wildlife observation, and photography. For additional information concerning the public use opportunities during this closure, please contact the Refuge Office at (360) 887-4106.

Cathlapotle Plankhouse Second Sunday Series

Fish & Wildlife

WHEN: July 10th, 12pm – 4pm

WHERE: Cathlapotle Plankhouse, 28908 North Main Avenue, Ridgefield WA 98624

Events FREE with Refuge Admission

Contempory Native Art Inspired by Cultures of the Columbia RiverMask Exhibit and Artist Talks by Lillian Pitt and Bill Rutherford


Renowned Native Artists and Friends, Lillian Pitt (Wasco, Yakama, Warm Springs) & Bill Rutherford (Chickasaw and African American), will speak on their creative process, how they draw inspiration from Native Cultures of the Columbia River, and why they use masks as a medium of artistic expression. There will also be mask collections from each artist on display throughout the day.


(Hikers meet in front of the Plankhouse, approximately 1 mile hike on uneven terrain)

Mask exhibit, Plankhouse tours and kids’ activities are ongoing during the event.

Temporary Disturbance & Closure of the River ‘S’ Unit at Refuge

Friends of RNWRThe Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s River ‘S’ Unit will be open to the public on Monday June 20th and Tuesday June 21st. There may be minor disturbances to the public resulting from moving equipment adjacent to the Auto Tour Route.

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s River ‘S’ Unit will be temporarily closed on:
Wednesday, June 22nd and Thursday, June 23rd and Monday, June 27th through Thursday, June 30th
for maintenance activities.

Additional closure dates may be required the following week as necessary to complete this work.

The Carty Unit will remain open for hiking, wildlife observation, and photography. For additional information concerning the public use opportunities during this closure, please contact the Refuge Office at 360-887-4106.

Please visit our website at www.ridgefieldfriends.org

River “S” to close Tuesday and Wednesday

The River ‘S’ Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge will be temporarily closed to public use starting Tuesday, June 14th through Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 for replacement of a water delivery pipe.

The Carty Unit will remain open for hiking, wildlife observation, and photography. For additional information concerning the public use opportunities during this closure, please contact the Refuge Office at 360-887-4106.

Cathlapotle Mother’s Day

Cathlapotle plankhouse

Sunday, May 8, 2016 – 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Cathlapotle Plankhouse
28908 NW Main Avenue, Ridgefield WA

1:00 – Presentation: Where the Women Are: Gender and Power in the Archaeological Record of the Pacific Northwest

2:00 – Ethnobotany Hike

Plankhouse tours and kids’ activities all day.

All events  are FREE with refuge admission

BirdFest & Bluegrass

Do you love attending our annual BirdFest celebration? Do you want to see it be successful in 2016? If so, then we need you to get involved in planning next year’s event. Commitment is one two hour meeting a month, March – September, and volunteering BirdFest Weekend (October 1st & 2nd).

We are looking for help in the following areas:

Committee Chair (Work with current committee chair to schedule/host monthly meetings, and handle big picture event logistics)

Organizing kids activities in Davis Park

Coordinating the vendors in the Birders Marketplace at the Community Center

Coordinate special walks or talks

Just sit in and brainstorm new and exciting BirdFest activities!

Want to Make BirdFest a success?

Contact Sarah at: sarah_hill@fws.gov (360) 887-4106

Volunteer Naturalist Training at the Refuge

Fish & Wildlife

Thousands of adults and school children visit our local refuges annually and volunteers are often the only people they get to share their stories and questions with. Share your interest and passion with others by exploring with school children, leading guided walks with the public, or simply greeting people on our trails and in the contact station.

Volunteer training will introduce both Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake Refuges and how to interact and communicate with many fun and interesting people.  The training will be on the four Fridays of April.

To sign up for the training, please RSVP to Josie Finley at 360-887-4106 or Josie_Finley@fws.gov

Plankhouse Opens April 17

Friends of RNWR

The Cathlapotle Plankhouse re-opens for the 2016 season on April 17th, 2016. The season will kick off with a special second Sunday event featuring the latest in Cathlapotle Village archaeology, artifacts excavated from the Cathlapotle site on display, and hikes guided highlighting spring and a family friendly hike focusing on Refuge Wildlife. The Plankhouse will be open for visitors from 12pm-4pm, and there will be kids’ activities as well.

The Cathlapotle Plankhouse will now be open most weekends from12pm-4pm. Every second Sunday of the month the Plankhouse hosts a special event with speakers, guided hikes, and children’s activities. For more information on the upcoming events, visit www.ridgefieldfriends.org.

Docent Training at Refuge

Cathlapotle plankhouse

Get Involved at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse!

The Plankhouse is looking for new and enthusiastic volunteers interested in learning about and sharing local Native American Culture, NW History, and Archeology with public visitors inside the Cathlapotle Plankhouse. No experience necessary, just a desire to learn and share your knowledge with others.

In our Docent Training at the Carty Unit, you will learn about the Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia, the roles of a Plankhouse docent, and interpretive techniques to share the Refuge and the Plankhouse with the public.

For more info, call (360) 887-4106 or email sarah_hill@fws.gov

NW Organic Farms Offers CSA Shares

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Northwest Organic Farms is a family run organic farm located in the lush area of Ridgefield, WA.   It is a short 10 minute drive off I-5 to the farm. The farm is run by owners/farmers Greg, Joyce, and Ben. They have been farming since 2001.

Farmers Greg and Ben have been busy getting ready for this upcoming 2016 CSA season. Heirloom seeds are being planted, fruit trees are being pruned, and the green houses are growing crops that go to local businesses throughout the area during all seasons.  The happy and free-ranging chickens are laying their eggs. They are for sale on a self-service basis at $5 a dozen. Their ducks have started laying as well, but they do need a phone call to hold both types of eggs for you. Once their ‘girls’ get going they will have them available without a phone call.

They are now taking CSA applications 2016 season. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a way to buy fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the farmer in your local community. Supporting local agriculture is a way to support your local business community, your neighbors and keep your food dollars in the local economy.

Their CSA runs for 20 weeks. There are two kinds of shares. The full share basket feeds 5-6 people and goes for $630. Half share baskets feed 2-3 people and cost $350. A deposit of $100 is needed to save your share, and the ull amount due must be received before May 1st.  They accept WIC, EBT, and Senior Coupons.

Northwest Organic Farms sells produce from their farm stand and at the Camas farmers market. Examples are organic raspberries by the flat, canning tomatoes, etc.

Follow them on Facebook. It will be updated with what’s for sale at the farm, as well as what’s in their CSA bags, recipes, events, and so much more!

Northwest Organic Farms is located at 17713 NW 61st Ave. Ridgefield. You can find more information here.

Two Job Openings at RCUMC

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Family Ministries Director

Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church seeks a Family Ministries Director. Responsibilities include leading the Children’s Ministry Team, organizing Children’s Church (grades K-5), assisting with Youth Group (grades 7-12), organizing staff for nursery care, and planning special events, like Vacation Bible School, with the Children’s Ministry Team. Applicants should love children and have experience working with children, will be highly organized and self-motivated, will love living out their faith in a congregation and will comply with Safe Sanctuary policies. RCUMC is a generationally-diverse suburban congregation with a commitment to children, youth and families.

Nursery Caregiver

Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church seeks a Nursery Caregiver. Responsibilities include providing excellent, loving care for children (infants through 5 years) during Sunday morning services, maintaining a safe and clean nursery environment, and being open to providing care for other church events as schedules allow. Applicants will have experience working with children, will be CPR certified, will comply with state and local background checks, and will enjoy working in a church environment. RCUMC is generationally-diverse suburban congregation with a commitment to children and families.

To apply for either job:

For full job description and application inquiries, contact Dean Brown, personnel committee chair, at 360-263-2925 or deanandcorabrown@tds.net. To apply, submit cover letter, resume and two references to Mr. Brown.