Are you looking for a way to get involved with Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge? With the exception of our two Environmental Educators and a half time Administrative Assistant, we are an all-volunteer organization so there are many opportunities for you to become involved. Here is a FWS Volunteer Application that you can print, fill out, and return to the refuge. If one of these appeals to you, click on the link for more information and to connect to the person in charge of that activity.
One of the most important things that Friends volunteers do on our refuge is to provide a variety of Environmental Education opportunities. The Environmental Education Committee plans and oversees these activities as well as helping with grant management. We provide Environmental Education opportunities for all ages, from toddlers to seniors!
See position description for Trail Rover. Come to the refuge on your own schedule, anytime from sunup to sundown and walk the trails providing a friendly face and information for our visitors. Often Trail Rovers are the first people that our guests meet so they are Ambassadors for the Friends and the Refuge. You do not need to be a nature expert, only a nature lover. Training is provided.
See position description for Volunteer Naturalists. Naturalists undergo a training program that prepares them to assist with field trips and other educational opportunities at the Refuge. If you enjoy sharing your love of nature with others, from toddlers to seniors, this may be the place for you.
If you would like to become a volunteer naturalist that leads or assists in teaching education programs at the refuge you must complete a 3-day training course covering EE curriculum and techniques for managing groups and working with students.
Apply for Naturalist Training: Coming in late winter 2020!
Amphibian Egg Mass Survey
Join Refuge biologists to survey for four different amphibian species. Surveys will take place twice a week February through March. All participants must attend one training with our regional partners (January 18th, 25th, and February 1st). See position description for details about surveys and training. *Training closed for 2020 season, please check back later for opportunities in 2021*
Second Saturday Work Parties
Interested in helping with habitat restoration at the Refuge? Join us for our monthly Second Saturday work parties and plant native shrubs, eradicate invasive species and a variety of other work. These events are a great opportunity for larger groups looking to volunteer for a day, or anyone looking to gain experience in conservation. Work parties take place every month except for December. Head to our event calendar to register for a work party.
Tualatin River Photo Society
Members of Tualatin River Photo Society, a program of the Friends, meet monthly to share and learn more about nature photography. They also plan and sponsor various photo contests. Stop by the Visitor Center to view some of the entries for contests.
Board of Directors
The Friends Board of Directors is elected by the members of our organization to guide the activities of the Friends. Board Members attend monthly Board Meetings and act as liaisons to other committees and activities of the Friends.
Our Store Committee plans and implements the running of Nature's Overlook Store in the Visitor Center and Visitor Information.
Visitor Center Staff
If you would prefer to work in Nature's Overlook in the Visitor Center greeting visitors and providing information as well as selling items from Nature's Overlook we are always seeking additional volunteers. Training is provided and resources and support are always available from experienced volunteers as well as our Interpretive Program Coordinator or Environmental Education Coordinator. Here is a job description for our Volunteer Visitor Center Staff.
Tualtin River Bird Festival Committee
Tualatin River Bird Festival Committee is responsible for planning our Annual Festival which is held mid-May each year. This group is most active during the fall and winter and then takes a short break following the Festival.
Our Membership/Outreach/Development Committee, the MOD Squad, helps to find ways for us to build relationships with potential partners, donors and sponsors. They plan activities and work on grants to help fund the many programs of our group.
Questions on how to get involved or next steps? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Call: 503-625-5944 x227
Each summer, the Friends put on a nature camp for children. The Planning Committee meets monthly beginning in the Fall until the camp in July to plan activities and organize the camp. Visit our camp page to find out more about the fun activities from the most recent camp.