Events

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Upcoming events

    • June 11, 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Long Island, WA
    • 65
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    Join the us for a hike on Long Island, Saturday, June 11, for a unique opportunity as it is only accessible by boat. The island is a part of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and is home to the Don Bonker Cedar Grove Trail, which winds through an old-growth coastal temperate rainforest with many large western red cedar trees and remnant stumps.  

    The hike to the cedar grove is a 6-mile roundtrip, on an unpaved trail rated at moderate difficulty in some areas. Hike the trail at your own pace, read interpretive signs and interact with Refuge staff and volunteers along the way.

    Registered guests will meet at Cutthroat Creek near mile marker 24 on U.S. Highway 101 for a boat shuttle to the island. The boat will leave every 15 minutes between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, shuttling small groups onto the island. The boat will then take groups off the island with the last shuttle at 4:00 pm.

    • Participants must be able to walk on uneven terrain over a long distance.
    • All participants MUST wear a Personal flotation device (PFD) on the boat.  The Refuge will provide a PFD if you do not have one.
    • Wear all-weather clothing and appropriate footwear.  
    • Bring water and snacks as well as binoculars, camera, and insect repellant.

    Past attendees have raved about this trip. One said, “I was so excited to go on this trip with the Friends! The beauty of this place far exceeded my expectations. The ancient trees were so amazing, huge and glorious! I can’t wait to go again!!”

    Registration is required and the cost is $25 per person. Visiting from out-of-town? The Pacific County Tourism Bureau offers a comprehensive list of restaurants, lodging, and things to do: https://www.visitlongbeachpeninsula.com/



Wings Over Willapa Festival

Join us for our next Wings Over Willapa festival on September 23-25, 2022!

The Friends annual birding and nature festival celebrates the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge’s many species and diverse habitats. We will have an amazing variety of tours, workshops, and other events on the Long Beach Peninsula and Willapa Bay. Whether you are an experienced birder or just getting acquainted with the great outdoors, nature lovers of all ages and physical abilities will find activities of interest. We look forward to seeing you! Find out more>>

The following are examples of previous events. We hope that this sample will whet your appetite for our 2022 Festival.

Coastal Peregrine Falcons

Did you know that it’s common to see Peregrine Falcons on Washington’s coastal beaches during months of the year? Between 1995 to 2018, Dan Varland, Executive Director of the nonprofit Coastal Raptors, and colleagues conducted more than 1,000 raptor surveys. This effort included capturing and banding 226 Peregrine Falcons. Dan will share photos and thought-provoking research findings.

Discovering Long Island

Explore the old growth cedar forest on Long Island! This popular tour features a barge ride to the southwest corner of Long Island. You can admire thousand-year-old cedar trees, watch for birds and other wildlife, and learn about the many plants and fungi that call this place home.


Ecology of Leadbetter Point

Join Refuge wildlife biologist Will Ritchie for an exciting hike at the tip of the Long Beach Peninsula in Refuge’s Leadbetter Point Unit. This is a wild place with limited human access that creates a sanctuary for wildlife, rare plants, and hundreds of bird species. The guided 5-mile hike moves from forest to beach then returns to the bay.


Kayaking South Willapa Bay

Join us for a kayak tour in the Refuge’s South Bay Unit. This expansive area has open water, sloughs, and channels that the Refuge is reconnecting with the bay. We will paddle from the boat launch off the Parker Slough Trail toward the South Bay Overlook and enjoy the intertidal flats and salt marsh habitat that offer views of the surrounding hills.

Nature Play Day

Nature Play Day is a great opportunity for families to have fun while learning about birds and other Willapa wonders! Activities include bird box building, face painting, Junior Naturalist activities, and our "build a bird" art project. Kids do need to be accompanied by their grown-ups, but we're betting you'll have just as much fun as they will!

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