Stewardship event at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Care for the new native plants at Steigerwald by weeding and mulching around each one. Help these plants thrive by reducing competition.

All ages and abilities are welcome! Students ages 16 or older can volunteer without an adult present.


8:30-9:30 Check in, walk to overlook

9:30-11:30 Weeding and mulching plants

Accessibility: The project area is at the entrance to the refuge in a flat area. We will be walking on a gravel trail to the overlook to view the changes to the refuge.

What to bring: Water bottle

What we provide: Tools, gloves, snacks and extra water.

What to wear: Comfortable clothes and shoes for working. Sun protection as the area is in full sun.

Before the event: You will receive a reminder email a couple days before with additional details.

Fun Fact! Last month (and for the first time in nearly 60 years), the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge floodplain was inundated by water from the Columbia River. Thanks to the Steigerwald Reconnection Project, this inundation was a welcomed event at the refuge. Floodwaters create great habitat for birds, salmon, beavers and more. The floodwaters have since receded, and Tuesday’s stewardship event is a great chance to see firsthand how the refuge responded to it while also contributing to the long-term success of the Steigerwald Reconnection Project.

Thank you project funders and partners - this project wouldn't be possible without you: US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bonneville Power Administration, Washington Department of Ecology, Port of Camas-Washougal, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, One Tree Planted Foundation, Camas-Washougal Community Chest, City of Washougal, City of Camas, Washougal School District, Camas School District, BNSF Railroad, M Bar J Ranch and Washington Department of Transportation.

Questions? Please contact Samantha Dumont at 503-939-7381 or

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