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Help Restore the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge Wetlands! (age 1+) *MLK 2013*

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Hands On Managed projects offer you an opportunity to join a group of volunteers on a done-in-a-day project led by a Hands On Volunteer Leader

Join us in honoring the legacy of Dr. King through meaningful service to our community: "Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve."

-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Spend this national day of service planting trees at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge! We will plant and cage native willow in critical riparian habitat on the Carty Unit. This project discourages invasive reed canary grass while increasing habitat and improving the stream health of Gee Creek. Gee Creek is an important watershed for the Refuge, meandering through the town of Ridgefield and the Carty Unit of the Refuge before ending in the Columbia River.

Ridgefield NWR has over 5,000 acres of marshes, grasslands and woodlands. The Refuge was established to secure crucial winter habitat for Dusky Canada geese and other migrating birds, such as sandhill cranes and tundra swans. We will be working just west of the popular Oaks to Wetlands trail, a great chance to volunteer while catching glimpses of local wildlife. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided. All volunteers must sign a Volunteer Service Agreement (linked under "Project Requirements" below) and bring it to the project. Our events go on rain or shine, so wear waterproof shoes and dress for the weather! All work days are from 9AM-12:30PM.

How to get to the refuge:
Take exit 14 off of 1-5, go west towards the city of Ridgefield for 3 miles. At the stoplight, turn right and drive 1 mile on Main Ave. The Carty Unit entrance will be on your right, we will be meeting in the lower parking lot

Project Requirements:

  • All volunteers are required to sign an MLK Volunteer Waiver (print it now, fill it out, and bring it with you to save time during project check in). Volunteers under 18 are required to bring a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

  • If you plan to bring children/additional volunteers you MUST reserve slots for them. The best way to do this is to create a Volunteer Team, then sign up your team for this project. Questions? Email 

    IMPORTANT NOTE: You are responsible for ensuring that everyone signed up through your team attends - only sign up team members who have confirmed their availability. Teams that repeatedly sign up, but do not show up or show up with fewer volunteers than they signed up, may be removed. To add or remove team members from a project: log in to your volunteer account and click "Manage My Team" next to the appropriate upcoming opportunity.


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