Trail Ambassadors places volunteers at popular trailheads in the Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood and the northern region of Oregon’s coast. Volunteers participate in order 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.

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  • 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 adventure.
  • 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, Mt. Hood and/or North Coast hiking trails as well as general hiker/recreation etiquette.


Start by taking the online Trail Ambassador Training!

If you are interested in taking the online Trail Ambassador training, please email TKO’s Engagement Manager Natalie Ferraro at natalie.ferraro@trailkeepersoforegon.org.

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:


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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