Cathlapotle Plankhouse Tour ~
The Plankhouse is a replica of a traditional Chinookan style dwelling modeled after a village that stood along the Columbia River on the refuge and was detailed in Lewis and Clark journals. Children participate in 45 minute presentation and/or activity to illustrate the way of life of the people of the Cathlapotle Village. This includes replicas of tools and handicrafts made by volunteers and local Chinookan Artists.
Oaks to Wetlands Trail/Guided Nature Walk ~
To continue the theme of cultural and natural resources learned in the Plankhouse, students get a 45 minute sample of this trail while identifying plants that were important to the Native Americans as well as being relied on heavily by native animals for food and shelter. Depending on the learning objectives of the group this trail can focus on birds and other animals (adaptations, habitat variation, migration, feeding, etc), habitats or invasive vs. native plants.
Ages 5 and older only
Free for members of School at Home Adventures members
$1.00 per person for non-members
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The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1965
to provide wintering habitat for the dusky subspecies of the Canada goose.
Today, the Refuge preserves both habitat for wildlife, and evidence of the people who once lived here.