In this section we will highlight our amazing volunteers for the work they do maintaining habitat and educating visitors about the Refuge.  Each year at our volunteer appreciation dinner in September we talk about volunteers who go above and beyond what is asked of them.  This year our award recipients were:

Kristen and Galen - Steigerwald Lake Habitat Program

Kristen and her son Galen attend almost every third Saturday event and are always in a great mood no matter the task or the weather. Jared's weekends have been easier both physically and mentally because of this great duo.    


Ken Pitts - Steigerwald Lake Outreach Program

Ken has been an amazing addition to our volunteer family leading 14 guided walks since March and spending countless hours at the Refuge as a Trail Steward. He not only teaches people how to view wildlife but also is a great example of how to give back to your community.  


Jana Grote - Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards Board

In addition to being a Stewards Board member, Jana has taken on the role of the Education and Community Outreach Committee Chair. Her enthusiasm has sparked many new opportunities that have the potential to really get our organization's name into the community, and even more so to connect people to conservation. 

In this section we will highlight our amazing volunteers for the work they do maintaining habitat and educating visitors about the Refuge.  Each year at our volunteer appreciation dinner in September we talk about volunteers who go above and beyond what is asked of them.  This year our award recipients were:

Kristen and Galen - Steigerwald Lake Habitat Program

Kristen and her son Galen attend almost every third Saturday event and are always in a great mood no matter the task or the weather. Jared's weekends have been easier both physically and mentally because of this great duo.    


Ken Pitts - Steigerwald Lake Outreach Program

Ken has been an amazing addition to our volunteer family leading 14 guided walks since March and spending countless hours at the Refuge as a Trail Steward. He not only teaches people how to view wildlife but also is a great example of how to give back to your community.  


Jana Grote - Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards Board

In addition to being a Stewards Board member, Jana has taken on the role of the Education and Community Outreach Committee Chair. Her enthusiasm has sparked many new opportunities that have the potential to really get our organization's name into the community, and even more so to connect people to conservation.