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Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge offers nature camp this summer

A volunteer work party is coming up, and two new workers join the staff


Creative Nature Camp

Youth (third- to fifth-graders in the fall of 2014)) are invited to spend a week at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge connecting with nature and exploring the outdoors with all five senses. This week-long program will feature high-quality environmental education and arts activities, including photography, nature journaling, paper making, and wildlife crafts. Families will be able to follow along with a camp blog featuring daily highlights.

The camp runs July 14-18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the cost is $95. Scholarships are available to students who qualify for free or reduced-fee lunches.

Please note that the program does not provide transportation or after-camp care.

Creative Nature Camp is limited to 25 children, and applications are available at HYPERLINK "http://www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org" www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org or may be picked up in the Wildlife Center at the refuge.

Payment is due one week after confirmation of camp placement. Checks should be addressed to Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, 19255 S.W. Pacific Highway, Sherwood 97140.

For more information, contact Friends of the Refuge at 503-625-5944, Ext. 227, or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org" www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org. Call to reserve your place as they are going fast

Second Saturday Work Party

Everyone is invited to come to the refuge Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to noon for another work party project. Meet in front of the refuge office, and to ensure all paperwork gets completed, please arrive five minutes early. Bring a water bottle and sunscreen, and wear work clothes and gloves. Water and tools will be provided. Please RSVP to Mary French if you plan to attend at HYPERLINK "mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

In April, 20 volunteers helped pull up about 1,000 tree tubes. Thanks to their hard work, the job was completed in one day, and volunteers can move on to other projects around the refuge.

In May, 16 people helped clear blackberries and tidy up the trails for the Bird Festival. Three students from Sherwood High School and two students from Valley Catholic High School were among the participants. Thanks to all of you for your help!

Wildlife Center coordinator and program-assistant intern Rachel Miller

The Friends’ new Wildlife Center coordinator and program-assistant intern joined the refuge April 10. Her duties will focus on the Wildlife Center and its volunteers, but she will also support the Friends’ environmental education programs.

Rachel has experience in both personnel management and conservation. She has also volunteered in many roles with groups such as the Columbia Land Trust and the Steigerwald and Conboy Lake national wildlife refuges plus species-monitoring projects.

Biological program volunteer coordinator Michael Lotspeich

Michael joined the refuge at the beginning of 2014 through an AmeriCorps program called VetsWork. His duties include coordinating biological program volunteers, data entry and assisting with fieldwork. He has a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife, and has worked all over the West Coast in fisheries-related projects.

Michael is currently helping with monitoring projects on the refuge, including marsh bird surveys, shore bird surveys, kestrel box surveys and turtle surveys. If anyone out there has an interest or background in biological monitoring, be sure to get in touch with Michael.

Like us on Facebook!

The Friends of the Refuge made it to 500 likes before the end of last year. Next goal is 1,000, so check it out and report, and invite your friends to like us too.

Not a Facebook user? People can follow the posts to the Facebook page at HYPERLINK "http://www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org" www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org.

Nature Passport: Guide to Washington County’s Nature Attractions

The refuge and the Friends are participating in Washington County Visitor Association’s new Nature Passport, a handy portable guide to some of the best nature spots in the area. Fun for kids and adults, too, this guide shares some of the best-kept secrets about the area’s wetlands, nature parks, water activities and forests.

Pick yours up in the Wildlife Center today. If you already have one, come to the refuge and get it stamped.