Volunteer while hiking!
Turn your next hike into a TKO volunteer experience in three easy steps.
Trail Ambassadors now have the opportunity to turn any hike in the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge region into a research quest to help gather data for our land managers.
What does this mean? We created a user-friendly tracking sheet that you can take with you on your next hike in the region (solo or with friends and family) that includes a few key details we hope you can collect for us. Examples include: what was parking like at your time of arrival, were most people wearing face coverings, how many abandoned poop bags did you encounter, etc. When you get home you can send us a photo of your data collection or input it into our Google form.
How is this helpful? Our land managers are understaffed and overtaxed in this pandemic environment. Anything that we can do to help them is valuable and important. This data collection option for volunteers means that we can still support them by being the eyes and ears out on the trails. Bonus, data collected will be input onto OregonHikers.org to help keep it as up to date and useful to future recreaters as possible.
Why might this be of interest to you? It requires no interaction with the general public. You can do it at any time, on any day, year round, and on any trail (though the priority list of trails provided below). If you are already out and about hiking, this is just a few extra steps of observation you can take while enjoying the outdoors that can be of tremendous help to our land managers in the region. Your feedback will help inform land managers about trail use conditions, as well as help your fellow trail users make informed decisions about where to recreate.