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For the third year REI, an outdoor gear co-op headquartered in Kent Washington, has launched REI-led kayak tours from the Port of Ridgefield. Programs planned for spring and early summer this year will bring approximately 200 participants to Ridgefield in groups of just a few to as many as a dozen per trip. The focus of REI tours, led by guides, is the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and include individual private sessions, group, and family tours.

Janet Schmidt-Hamilton is the senior Instructor of REI Outdoor Programs + Experiences. She works from REI’s Portland location. She noted the kayak programs at the Port of Ridgefield are very popular.

“We relish in sharing this kayaking gem with visitors and folks new to kayaking,” Schmidt-Hamilton said. “It is a wonderful place to connect people to nature, outside, and to each other.”

For more about REI’s Ridgefield kayak tours, visit

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