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.pdf 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.
You can become a 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.
Volunteer Naturalists go 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.
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 a Photo Contest and Focus on Nature Photography Event each fall.
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 Wildlife Center and Visitor Information.
If you would prefer to work in Nature's Overlook in the Wildlife 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 Wildlife Center Coordinator or Environmental Coordinator. Here is a job description for our Volunteer Wildlife Center Staff.
Crafty Friends is a unique group of crafters who donate some of their creations to be sold in Nature's Overlook. This group meets monthly to work on projects and share ideas. Some of the materials for their projects are purchased by the Friends.
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.
Each summer, Friends put on a Creative Nature Camp for children. The Planning Committee meets monthly from Fall until the camp in July, to plan activities and organize the camp. Visit our Nature Camp blog to find out more about the fun activities from camp.
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.
Participate in Extended Learning sessions. These are educational presentations presented by other volunteers, Fish and Wildlife Staff or local environmental experts. A schedule of these opportunities is emailed to volunteers each month by our EE Staff.