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Joyfully Connecting Our Community with the Wonder of the Refuge



Volunteer Hours

  • Restoration work
  • Remove invasive species
  • Walk the trails and engage the public
  • Plant native plants
  • Staff Nature's Overlook Store in the Visitor Center
  • Special Events
  • Serve on a Friend's working committee

Raise Funds

  • Developing a retail outlet, Nature’s Overlook, in the Visitor Center that not only brings in significant earned income which is invested toward the Friends’ mission in support of the Refuge but also offers for sale items that further the message of the refuge and the Friends. Nature's Overlook is operated entirely by Friends Members and all profits from this store benefit Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Providing funds to hire key public use staff for the Refuge as well as contributing funds to conduct numerous restoration, maintenance, and education projects on the Refuge.

Advocate for the Refuge

  • Successfully advocating for and supporting land conservation planning resulting in an approved Refuge boundary of 7,370 acres of the Refuge’s two units, Sherwood and Wapato Lake.
  • Successfully advocating for federal funding for land acquisition within the Refuge acquisition boundary.
  • Successfully advocating for federal funding for construction of a Visitor Center and other public use facilities now totaling a $10 million investment.
  • Successfully advocating on behalf of the Refuge and the habitat of Washington County by participating as the plaintiff in the Grabhorn Landfill lawsuit and as a supporter of the Poole Quarry lawsuit.

Work with Partners

  • Becoming a highly respected and recognized nonprofit organization led by dedicated volunteers. As a result, community leaders are proud to have the Friends working within their community and are committed to work together to help the Friends achieve mutual goals.

Nature Education

  • Developing robust educational and restoration programs run by a small staff of Friends-funded educators and highly-committed volunteers.
  • Naturalist training to prepare volunteers to lead Environmental Education programs.
  • Created Friday with the Friends, a once a month birding program at Greenway Elementary School in Beaverton, Oregon
  • Created the mini Bird Fest, an annual event at Greenway Elementary School in Beaverton, Oregon.
  • Work with area Middle and High School students to host the Annual Oregon Youth Climate Summit at the Tualatin River NWR
  • Donate birding supplies to Gaston School District to engage students in learning more about the natural world around them

Engage our Community

      • Engaging volunteers in years of work on habitat restoration.
      • Taking information about the Refuge, the Friends and Nature to schools, businesses and events
      • Established and host the Annual Oregon Chinese Coalition Youth Art Contest

Organize Events

  • Annual Brews for the Birds Music and Brew Festival- first weekend in August at Langer's entertainment in Sherwood, Oregon
  • Native Plant Sale in Spring & Fall
  • Tours of the Refuge
  • Mini Bird Fest at Greenway Elementary School, Beaverton, Oregon
  • Annual Youth Climate Summit in April
  • Annual OCC Youth Art Contest 

Have Fun!

  • Building an active, committed and growing membership.
  • Annual meeting
  • Local parades
  • Holiday get-togethers
  • Music & Beer Festival in August- Brews for the Birds
  • Bowling Night Fundraiser at Langer's Entertainment 

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