Building a Trail Ambassador Network

Trailkeepers of Oregon has officially accepted the core management duties of the Trailhead Ambassador program! While TKO will be taking on the behind-the-scenes work, rest assured – visitors, volunteers and partners will continue to enjoy the rewards of this powerful program. All of the partners – including the Friends of the Columbia Gorge – are excited to continue to build on the success of the previous seasons and make this the best year yet for you, our volunteers, and the trails that we love on Mt. Hood and in the Columbia River Gorge.

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WHAT ARE TRAIL AMBASSADORS?

Trail Ambassadors places volunteers at popular trailheads in the Columbia Gorge and around Mt. Hood. Volunteers come from around the region to give back to the trails they love by engaging with visitors around safety, ethical use of public lands, and Leave No Trace practices, as well as sharing opportunities for visitors to engage with local communities.

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 above.

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

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A TRAIL AMBASSADOR?

  • We ask that you attend the Trail Ambassador training. This is a virtual training that can be done on your own time.
  • These trainings will equip you with the resources to feel confident when talking to visitors as they start their recreation in Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge.
  • In the training, we will go over volunteer logistics, Leave No Trace principles and tips for you to help folks have a safer and more enjoyable experience on these trails.
  • We’re looking for volunteers who are out-going and have previous knowledge of the Gorge and Mt. Hood hiking trails and general hiker/recreation etiquette.

WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

Start here by taking the Trail Ambassador Training!

2021 Training Opens in March. Sign up for the mailing list to stay up to date!

2021 Ambassador Training Opens In March!

Volunteer while hiking!

You can turn your next hike into a volunteer experience. Click the button to learn more!

How to be an On-Trail Ambassador

Other ways to be an Ambassador

TKO manages the extremely popular OregonHikers.org. We are always on the lookout for dedicated folks from around the state who are interested in helping to edit and curate this amazing, volunteer-built resource. Apply to be a Field Guide Editor today!

Field Guide Editor Application

Want to Get Involved?

Email natalie.ferraro@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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