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 AN AMBASSADOR LEAD?

  • We ask that you attend the four-hour training. Registration opening soon!
  • 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 Ready, Set Gorge 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?

  • Anyone can be a Trail Ambassador! Stay tuned for the weekend shifts, posting soon!
  • From April through September, at least 10 sites to explore.
  • You’ll be teamed up with an Ambassador Lead at each site, guiding you in the duties of the day.

2020 SITES IN THE COLUMBIA GORGE & MOUNT HOOD REGION:

Trail Ambassadors are stationed throughout the Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood between April and September. Volunteer sites for 2020 include…

  • Latourell Falls
  • Pacific Crest Trail – Bridge of the Gods
  • Starvation Creek
  • Cape Horn
  • Dog Mountain
  • Trillium Lake
  • Mirror Lake
  • Tamanawas Falls
  • Mosier Plateau
  • … and more!

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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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