Both Ridgefield and La Center have their own public school districts. La Center School District operates an elementary school, middle school and high school, serving a total enrollment of about 1,500. Ridgefield School District caters to a student population of almost 2,000. The four schools within the district are: Ridgefield High, South Ridge Elementary, Union Ridge Elementary and View Ridge Middle School. After high school, local students can commute to one of several nearby campuses. Clark College, University of Portland, Portland State University and Lewis and Clark College are all within about 30 miles.
Ridgefield is the heart of the region, anchoring itself among the neighboring towns with its well-attended community events and diverse recreational opportunities. Popular events include the annual 4th of July celebration, a fall celebration for local wildlife and the Hometown Celebration in December. Between community events, locals can explore the diverse landscapes of the Columbia River and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Both the refuge and the river are prime venues for wildlife viewing and hiking.
Other noteworthy recreational points in the region include the Clark County Fairgrounds, Old Liberty Theater, the kayak and boat launches at Port of Ridgefield and the Tri-Mountain Golf Course. The fairgrounds and Old Liberty Theater host a variety of events throughout the year, while the Port of Ridgefield offers quick access to the Columbia and Lewis Rivers. Ridgefield's Tri-Mountain Golf Course is a wonderful local resource as well; the course facilities were given a four-star rating by Golf Digest.