Events / Volunteer

Baskett Slough NWR – Family Arts and Crafts Day

Saturday, March 23rd 10AM to 2PM Refuge Office (white barn off of Hwy 22), Baskett Slough NWR (~ 5 miles NE of Dallas OR)

Fun/Educational Event
There are many ways to learn about wildlife, watersheds and habitat. One way is by making crafts! Families with little (and big) ones will enjoy making bird and butterfly masks, creating window decals (prevents bird strikes), making a mini version of the water cycle and so much more! Craft instructions and help will also be available in Spanish so that all can participate. The Refuge Office is in the 2nd floor, North end, of the white barn.
For questions please contact Isabel Justiniano (
For a map of the refuge visit Basket Slough NWR Trail Map

Beaver Tales in the Willamette Valley

Sunday, April 7th 1PM to 3PM Ankeny NWR (~ 15 miles north of Albany OR)

Fun/Educational Event
Beavers were once hunted to the brink of extinction and we are still discovering their importance in the landscape. Join Pat and Bobbie Allaire, Oregon Master Naturalists, for a walk along the Ankeny NWR Rail Trail to look for beaver sign. Discover the amazing beaver adaptations that enable them to change the world around them to create and expand wetlands and what that means for other animals and humans. Learn how beavers brought early explorers and wealth to Oregon and the role they
have in our world today.

Pat and Bobbie Allaire are both Oregon Master Naturalists and Certified Interpretative Guides. Since 2014 they have presented numerous nature programs to almost 10,000 people in Oregon at State Parks and National Wildlife Refuges.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend. To RSVP please visit Beaver Tales – Survey Monkey
Meet at trailhead for Rail Trail. For a map of Ankeny NWR trails click here.
For questions please contact Kris Ebbe (

Earth Day at Oregon Garden

Saturday, April 20th 10AM to 4PM Oregon Garden, Silverton OR

Fun/Educational Event and Volunteer Opportunity
This is an Earth Day celebration, presented by Marion County and other sponsors at Oregon Garden. The celebration will include musical entertainment, food, and informative exhibits. Exhibits will cover topics like environmental education, sustainability, and environmentally friendly products. The Friends volunteers will take turns manning the Friends exhibit which will inform visitors about the Friends and about the Willamette Valley Refuge Complex as well as providing crafts for the kids.
More information about volunteering will be provided soon.
For questions please contact Kris Ebbe (
For event information visit

Beyond Earth Day Community Fair

Wednesday, April 24th 11:00AM to 3:00PM Student Experience Center Plaza, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR

Fun/Educational Event and Volunteer Opportunity
This is an annual fair hosted by Oregon State University. Last year’s fair had over 40 groups offering activities and information focused on sustainable earth ecosystems, social progress and justice, and a healthy economy. The Friends volunteers will be manning a table informing students about our organization and about the Willamette Valley Refuge Complex. More information will be provided soon.
For questions please contact Kris Ebbe (

Prairie Plant ID Walk

Thursday, May 9th 6PM to 7:30PM Prairie Overlook Parking lot, William L. Finley NWR (~ 10 miles south of Corvallis OR)

Fun/Educational Event
Walk the prairie at Finley Refuge with experts and identify native prairie plants that pollinators love. This event is sponsored by the Benton Soil & Water Conservation District in partnership with Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex as part of Natural Areas Celebration Week. This is a free event.
For more information please visit Prairie Plant ID Walk – Facebook
For a map of the refuge visit William L. Finley NWR Trail Map

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