Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon.

After increased agricultural development in the Tualatin River valley, many local residents in the late 1980s recognized the importance of conserving green space for future generations. A small group of citizens and local leaders approached the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have the land set aside as a national wildlife refuge. The Service recognized the need to protect the space that offered an abundance of habitat for a variety of wildlife and enjoyment of people, especially as it is adjacent to multiple urban areas. The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge was officially designated and established in 1992.

Visitors can enjoy a year-round trail that meanders through a variety of habitats, including wetland views and oak savanna. With over 200 species of birds, the refuge is a fantastic bird-watching destination. Visitors can also keep their eyes peeled for a variety of other wildlife, including numerous mammals, reptiles, amphibians, plants, and insects. In addition to our walking trails and wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities, visitors can engage with our refuge through a variety of public programs and events, as well as our environmental education for local school groups. 

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From Portland to the Visitor Center and Headquarters: Head to 1-5 S; remain on freeway and take exit 294 to merge onto Barbur Blvd/OR-99W/Pacific Hwy W toward Tigard/Newberg; continue on Pacific Hwy for 6.9 miles

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