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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 everyone from toddlers, with our Puddle Stomper Program, to programs for Assisted Living groups.

Trail Rover

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 through 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 residents of Assisted Living Facilities, this may be the place for you.

If you would to become a volunteer naturalist that leads or assists in teaching education programs at the refuge you must complete a 4 day training course covering curriculum and Refuge history. 

Apply for Naturalist Training: Coming up March 21, 28th and April 4th, 11th.  Deadline to Apply March 11th.

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. 

Store Committee

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.

MOD Committee

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: info@friendsoftualatinrefuge.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.

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    19255 SW Pacific Hwy
    Sherwood OR 97140

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the mission of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge 

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