WEEK 6: LOCAL, NATURE-HOODS – TRAILS ARE FOR EVERYONE
December 13th at 9AM:
Nature guide Family-Friendly Virtual Variety Show
Join a special troupe of nature guides for a family-friendly virtual variety show on December 13th at 9AM. Learn from these authors how hiking can open up a world of outdoor adventures – each special guest will have different activities & stories to share. Here’s how to get access to this virtual event:
• A suggested minimum donation of $20 = Virtual Event RSVP
• A $30 ticket = Virtual Event RSVP + a copy of the book of your choice + a TKO membership
• A $100 ticket = Virtual Event RSVP + a 4-book basket + a TKO membership
No matter which of the tickets you choose, our authors have made it possible for proceeds to go to TKO. A special thanks to one of our featured authors, outgoing TKO Board President Paul Gerald. Not only has he volunteered as TKO board member & volunteer, he has personally pledged to match each ticket sold up to $5,000 this week – doubling each dollar you donate to TKO!
Trails are for everyone – support local, nature-hoods.
Access to outdoor experiences is a right that everyone should have. While many find that connections to nature are just out their back door or a simple drive to a familiar trailhead, TKO recognizes that some people experience challenges in accessing nature, for a variety of reasons including personal safety. We also recognize that we are not the first stewards of these lands and trails. At the start of every TKO event, we recognize and give thanks to the Indigenous peoples and their descendants who cared for these special places long before those original stewards were forced to cede their lands to the United States. We acknowledge the privilege we have that allows us easy access and we seek to be a part of the solution to build safe and welcoming trails for all.
Oxbow Regional Park is the flagship of Portland’s Metro Parks & Nature system and a great place for people to begin their outdoor experiences. In 2017, we began building a relationship with Metro staff at Oxbow and offer community members ways to give back. And our work expands to many local, nature-hoods that bridge green spaces to our urban centers – adding value to the quality of life we seek to enjoy in Oregon. TKO volunteers have come together on a variety of projects with Metro Parks & Nature, in the future we are going to be lifting even more with a number of new park developments. Your support builds a community engagement that will see that the value of these places is met with a vested interest in their care.
BY THE NUMBERS:
In Kind Value of Volunteer Time
Feet of Trails Improved
OXBOW REGIONAL PARK
ACCESSING STEWARDSHIP IN LOCAL, NATURE-HOODS
TKO has been a nonprofit for just over 12 years. We are Portland-based and we strive to make all of our participants feel safe and welcome and to build stewardship skills within each and every person who comes to volunteer. Metro Parks & Nature recognizes the value-added when community members are not just park users, but park stewards. With strong relationships to precede us, stewardship growth can only happen through recruiting and training more people, become a Legacy Builder today to help us continue to grow.
…and so is giving back, no matter your age! In 2018, through an effort of a husband/wife TKO Crew Leader team, TKO began hosting family-friendly trail parties. We adapted our mindset and the structure and expectations for the day to make this experience something that any parent and kiddo could enjoy. Getting outside, getting grubby, and giving back to trails is the best way we know to teach and learn how to recognize the value of these special places! We hope you’ll join us in building a legacy of stewardship in local parks across Oregon.
This fall was chaotic and dramatic. Historic winds, fires, civil unrest, and a deadly pandemic will define the fall of 2020 for most. For me, they all set the backdrop for a somewhat confusing, sometimes chaotic, but overall incredibly fulfilling internship with Trailkeepers of Oregon, the US Forest Service, and Northwest Youth Corps. For the months of September, October and November, I worked in the Columbia River Gorge, aiding in ongoing trail restoration efforts. […]
Congratulations on the 2020 season! With challenges seemingly around every corner, it was certainly not an easy road, but we still accomplished some big things. I am so grateful for each and everyone of you who participated this year, either by signing up for a volunteer shift or by just staying in the loop by being on the email list. […]