OREGON HIKERS

2022 ACCESSIBILITY PROJECT

ACCESSIBILITY FOR OREGON HIKERS

This summer, the TKO Communications Committee is excited to begin work on a pilot project to add accessibility information to some of the most popular hikes on OregonHikers.org. The 2022 Trailkeepers Leadership Summit keynote and field session was a collaboration with Access Recreation to train TKO leadership on accessibility issues, data collection and problem solving. Our volunteers are eager to put these skills to use!

GATHERING THE DATA

This pilot program will train and deploy TKO Trail Ambassador volunteers to go out and gather data on the top 10 most visited trails on the OregonHikers.org field guide. By providing this data for the first time on the site, folks with various accessibility needs will have access to the information they need to make decisions about what trails are a good fit for their personal adventure style.

GET INVOLVED

1

Take the online Trail Ambassador training. This is a short virtual training that can be done on your own time and will give you an introduction to TKO and Ambassador volunteering in general. These trainings will equip you with the resources to feel confident when talking to visitors.

Take the Trail Ambassador Training

2

Attend an in-person Wilderness Ambassador Training. These 1-day trainings take place in the spring and early summer and will cover all the specifics of the Wilderness Ambassador program. Topics covered will include safety procedures, advanced public engagement techniques, hike scheduling, and data reporting.

Attend a Wilderness Ambassador Training

3

Attend a minimum of 3 mentorship hikes. You will be paired with a current Wilderness Ambassador who will mentor and evaluate your skills on trail and give you opportunities to practice what you’ve learned. Once you and your mentor both feel like you have a solid grasp on the volunteer experience, you’ll be able to schedule and go out on your own hikes. These hikes will be arrange after you attend the Wilderness Ambassador Training.

PROJECT VOLUNTEERS

LOGIN HERE

Wilderness Ambassador Cache

Building a Trail Ambassador Network

Trail Ambassadors has been a collaborative effort from the start. This program is built on the foundational idea that nonprofit partners, agencies, and the public are more powerful together than apart. This program is the result of many years of hard work from the partners listed here. TKO works with an extensive network of partners to support this program. We are always excited to partner with new volunteer groups who might be look for skills training, or new land managers who might be looking for field support.

If you are involved with a nonprofit, agency, or business interested in becoming a part of the Trail Ambassador Network, please email:

natalie.ferraro@trailkeepersoforegon.org

Want to Get Involved?

Email volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org for more information on the this and other TKO programs.

Or contact us at:

Trailkeepers of Oregon
P.O. Box 14814
Portland, Oregon 97293
(971) 206-4351

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