– Trail Ambassadors –

Safe and welcoming outdoor spaces.

When people have a safe and welcoming experience on the trail, they get excited to return and continue building their relationship to that place, which in turn gets them excited about helping to take care of it. TKO’s Trail Ambassadors provide people with the tools, information and resources they need to do build relationships with outdoor spaces and provide opportunities for trail users to give back. 

At the heart of TKO’s Ambassador program is the belief that trails are for everyone. Ambassadors enjoy talking to others about trails and are an outgoing and friendly presence on many trails throughout the Gorge, Mt Hood and the North Coast. These volunteers are enthusiastic folks who love to get to know a place inside and out. From ongoing trail projects to trail closures, TKO’s Ambassadors are intimate experts on the areas they serve.

It’s springtime and TKO’s Trail Ambassadors are getting ready to head out on trails across the region…  

but they need YOUR support!

We are sweetening the deal for those who give back to Oregon’s trails this month.

Thanks to our friends at Pickathon, we’ve got a few sets of weekend passes to give away, and the more you donate the more chances you have to win!

Over the month of April, if you give $250 or more in total donations to TKO, you will also be entered to win a Pickathon VIP Backstage weekend pass.

Each week in April, we will host a new raffle for another pair of weekend passes, so if you dont win one week, you can always enter again!

Curious about becoming an Ambassador yourself? Check out the online training!

Trail Ambassador Training

Wilderness Ambassadors


Wilderness Ambassadors are a special type of volunteer. Experts at public engagement and education, these adventurous folks head out on some of the most beloved wilderness trails on Mt Hood and in the Columbia River Gorge to share Leave No Trace principles, hiking etiquette, and trail stewardship with trail users. These volunteers also gather data on physical and social trail conditions, perform some lights stewardship projects, and help to train new Wilderness Ambassadors as they enter the program.

This program is new to TKO this year and these volunteers need equipment and training supplies. You can help them out by giving today!

Support TKO Ambassadors

Latest News

Wilderness Volunteers Help Mount Hood Trails

The summit of Mount Hood rises up from behind a foreground of green trees.

Wilderness trails in the Mt Hood National Forest see millions of visitors each year.

by Loren Payne

Opportunities to serve Oregon’s trails with Trailkeepers of Oregon are as diverse as our volunteers’ interests. This year, TKO launched a new Wilderness Ambassador volunteer program in collaboration with the US Forest Service to further our mission of stewardship and advocacy for Oregon’s trails. These wilderness volunteers use their knowledge of Leave No Trace, trail stewardship, and hiking etiquette to help everyone have a better experience on the trails in the beloved Mt. Hood Wilderness. 


Your First Trail Party

by Ginny Sorensen

Want to add trail volunteer to your many talents, but curious to know what you’re getting yourself into before you sign up? You’ve come to the right place! Read on for some helpful info on what to expect during your first trail party, as well as some tips from fellow first-time Trailkeepers.


Following a ‘Raindrop to Sea’ – Building New Trail for Oregon Youth at Westwind

A view of the ocean from the knoll at Camp Westwind. A rainbow crosses the right side.

To the south of the jutting Cascade Headland and nestled against the Salmon River, Camp Westwind makes up part of the 102,110 acre Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve. Originally dedicated in 1976 by the United Nations (UNESCO), such reserves serve to attain quality education for all, mobilize knowledge for sustainable development, and build an inclusive knowledge society. 


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