WEEK 6: LOCAL, NATURE-HOODS – TRAILS ARE FOR EVERYONE

December 13th at 9AM:

Nature guide Family-Friendly Virtual Variety Show

Join a special troupe of nature guides for a family-friendly virtual variety show on December 13th at 9AM. Learn from these authors how hiking can open up a world of outdoor adventures – each special guest will have different activities & stories to share. Here’s how to get access to this virtual event: 

• A suggested minimum donation of $20 = Virtual Event RSVP

• A $30 ticket = Virtual Event RSVP + a copy of the book of your choice + a TKO membership

• A $100 ticket = Virtual Event RSVP + a 4-book basket + a TKO membership

No matter which of the tickets you choose, our authors have made it possible for proceeds to go to TKO. A special thanks to one of our featured authors, outgoing TKO Board President Paul Gerald. Not only has he volunteered as TKO board member & volunteer, he has personally pledged to match each ticket sold up to $5,000 this week – doubling each dollar you donate to TKO!

Can’t give $$ but still want to attend this event? Email natalie.ferraro@trailkeepersoforegon.org for a no-cost registration.

Trails are for everyone – support local, nature-hoods.

Access to outdoor experiences is a right that everyone should have. While many find that connections to nature are just out their back door or a simple drive to a familiar trailhead, TKO recognizes that some people experience challenges in accessing nature, for a variety of reasons including personal safety. We also recognize that we are not the first stewards of these lands and trails. At the start of every TKO event, we recognize and give thanks to the Indigenous peoples and their descendants who cared for these special places long before those original stewards were forced to cede their lands to the United States. We acknowledge the privilege we have that allows us easy access and we seek to be a part of the solution to build safe and welcoming trails for all.

Oxbow Regional Park is the flagship of Portland’s Metro Parks & Nature system and a great place for people to begin their outdoor experiences. In 2017, we began building a relationship with Metro staff at Oxbow and offer community members ways to give back. And our work expands to many local, nature-hoods that bridge green spaces to our urban centers – adding value to the quality of life we seek to enjoy in Oregon. TKO volunteers have come together on a variety of projects with Metro Parks & Nature, in the future we are going to be lifting even more with a number of new park developments. Your support builds a community engagement that will see that the value of these places is met with a vested interest in their care.

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OXBOW REGIONAL PARK

ACCESSING STEWARDSHIP IN LOCAL, NATURE-HOODS

TKO has been a nonprofit for just over 12 years. We are Portland-based and we strive to make all of our participants feel safe and welcome and to build stewardship skills within each and every person who comes to volunteer. Metro Parks & Nature recognizes the value-added when community members are not just park users, but park stewards. With strong relationships to precede us, stewardship growth can only happen through recruiting and training more people, become a Legacy Builder today to help us continue to grow.

Join the Legacy

TKO FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS

TRAILS ARE FOR EVERYONE

…and so is giving back, no matter your age! In 2018, through an effort of a husband/wife TKO Crew Leader team, TKO began hosting family-friendly trail parties. We adapted our mindset and the structure and expectations for the day to make this experience something that any parent and kiddo could enjoy. Getting outside, getting grubby, and giving back to trails is the best way we know to teach and learn how to recognize the value of these special places! We hope you’ll join us in building a legacy of stewardship in local parks across Oregon.

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by Elaine Keavney and Loren Payne

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Rebuilding trails from the ashes.

By Natalie Ferraro

With over an inch of rain pouring down from cloudy skies for the weekend, it was hard to believe that the forest that volunteers worked and trained in during Tread School 2022 had been the victim of dry weather, extreme winds and raging fires only two years earlier. A group of Trailkeeper volunteers were undaunted by the ‘atmospheric river’ and showed up at Camp Talaoli anyway. These hardy folks were here to learn the skills needed to repair hiking trails after wildfires, and to start  rebuilding trails damaged by the Beachie Creek Fire.

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