Conservation Education Support
|The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting refuge programs and enhancing awareness and appreciation of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Come explore the unique and beautiful wildlife areas in Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties that comprise the refuge complex!||Convergence Art Table Project
The Convergence Project is a functional art installation by Gary Carpenter, who designed the dragonfly table at the former Refuge headquarters. The art tables will be installed this fall at our new headquarters at the south end of Willapa Bay. Click here to learn more, and join us to support this beautiful project!
Wings Over Willapa (WOW)
We regret to inform you the Wings Over Willapa Festival has been cancelled for 2021, a decision that was not made lightly.
As the Covid-19 case numbers rise in the county and across the country, and as our hospitals reach capacity, our concern for the health and safety of our participants, volunteers, and community left us little choice. Registrants have been informed regarding return of fees.
We will still hold our online auction; with bidding running between September 18th and 24th! Auction items include beautiful art, gift baskets, certificates for lodging, food, trips and goods. We also have delightful pottery, wood carvings, glass fishing floats and much more! Preview auction offerings at: http://fundraiser.bid/wingsoverwillapa
National Wildlife Refuge Week
Did you know that humans spend 95% of their time indoors? We are becoming more and more of an indoor species. A growing body of evidence supports the idea that spending time in nature promotes mental and physical well-being.
This October celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 9 to October 16, by joining the Friends of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge by taking a walk in the wild. See up close one of America’s treasured refuges that is part of an important network of lands and waters which conserves and protects Americans’ most precious wildlife heritage. Visit the refuge’s trail webpage to choose the right trail for you. Once out there, trail signs will show you the way.
The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, provides vital habitat for thousands of native species. In addition to providing home to an abundance of wildlife, the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge also offers outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities. Refuge Week is a perfect time to see why many people visit the refuge for hunting, hiking and wildlife observation. Click here for hunting regulations.
Another way to celebrate the refuge is to sign up for a national event, “Walk for the Wild“, which runs during Refuge Week. Register by September 14 if you’d like to receive event merchandise. This event challenges you to walk 5K (3.1 miles) between October 9 and 16. It’s up to you how you move, where in nature you go, and if you go alone or with friends or family.
The new overlook on the South Bay Trail is ready for visitors. Sit and observe nature as the tides ebb and flow and the seasons change. The overlook is located at the end of the Tarlatt Unit (entrance/parking at the end of 95th Street, east of Sandridge) and includes a gravel trail of about a half mile, with one moderate hill. Be sure to also stop and read the other three new interpretive signs along the way.
The Friends would like to thank the following for their contributions to this community treasure: Templin Foundation; National Fish & Wildlife Foundation; Commission for Environmental Cooperation; Brothers Concrete, Inc.; Renee O’Connor (Willapa Bay Tile); Brian Bainnson (Quatrefoil, Inc.); Elise Wahl (Timberdoodle); volunteers Kathleen Sayce and Todd Wiegardt; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Migratory Birds; Willapa National Wildlife Refuge; and all of you who support the Friends and the Refuge.