Connecting Oregon’s Youth to Nature


Volunteer Participants


Hours of Service


Feet of Trail Improved


In-Kind Value

Week 4 Goal: $6,000


Nature access for youth

IN 2022, TKO at Camp Westwind…

  • Put in 123 volunteer hours into building a new educational trail.
  • Designed and broke ground on over 2,000 ft of a new trail for kids and camp goers.
  • Partnered with four different groups on building youth oriented trails.

4 partner groups

helped to carve the beginnings of a trail out of the dense coastal brush.

It takes a village to raise the next generation of trail lovers. 

TKO doesn’t just do work on public land. Thanks to our partners like Camp Taloali, Camp Arrah Wanna, and Camp Westwind, we also get to play a role in maintaining and building trails in some extra special places. These camps all have one thing in common: they all host Outdoor School camps for public school kids in Oregon!

Olallie Lake Resort wants you to donate to TKO today!

Give $75 and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a 2-night stay in the rustic and remote Olallie Lake cabin.

A gift of $30 or more will get you entered to win a drinkwear set from Miir + a free growler fill from our friends at Gorges Beer Co. 

There’s more than one way to give!

Anyone who donates their time at a TKO trail party this week (11/21 – 11/27) will also be entered to win.


2016 feet of new trail

built for youth education by TKO.

The Raindrop to Sea Trail

To the south of the jutting Cascade Headland and nestled against the Salmon River, Camp Westwind makes up part of the 102,110 acre Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve. The only biosphere reserve in Oregon, it includes a majestic basalt headland, the entire Salmon River watershed and estuary, and a marine reserve with three surrounding marine protected areas. Summer brings more than 1,200 campers to Westwind to experience the outdoors–close to twenty percent attend free or at a reduced cost. The spring and fall bring 1,500 students from districts around the state for multi-day outdoor school programs.

The Westwind property provides a unique and defining opportunity for watershed education. Westwind and TKO have partnered to build a new educational trail that will lead Westwind students along a small-scale coastal rainforest watershed–traversing the percolating upper headwaters, the edge of Lost Lake and it’s remnant beaver dam, down the gorge and into a small estuary fan delta where the tributary meets the Salmon River along Westwind’s southern border.

Learning circles along the trail will guide students through this journey to experience firsthand what happens to water as it passes from ‘Raindrop to Sea’. You can watch this Youtube series following a raindrop to the sea to get the virtual experience of this trail.

In fitting compliment to the educational experience of this watershed trail, TKO volunteers have the opportunity to get involved in this project from the early stages, learning firsthand about sustainable trail design, construction, and how to reduce impacts to the environment while minimizing future maintenance.

While Raindrop-to-Sea trail is not a public access trail, Trailkeepers of Oregon is supporting this project because outdoor school programs like Camp Westwind provide Oregon’s youth with access to important nature experiences and educational opportunities. These outdoor education facilities are very special, but their trail systems often lack the upkeep and care needed to serve our next generation of conservationists and stewards…

…that’s where you can help TKO step up!


Latest News

Safety, Fun, Service – becoming a TKO Crew Leader

A close up of two faces. One person wears a blue jacket and a yellow hat, the other wears a yellow jacket and an orange hat. They both have dirt on their faces and are smiling.

Being a Crew Leader with TKO is rewarding work and comes with a fun and supportive community that can’t wait to welcome you!

by Elaine Keavney and Loren Payne

So you’ve earned your green hat, and are getting “hooked” on trail stewardship.  As you get to know your crew leaders, do you find yourself wondering whether leading a crew would be something you would enjoy? Read on for some information about leading crews, and what you need to do if you would like to become a TKO crew leader!


Fire and Rain – 2022 Tread School

A photo of people in hard hats using straps to carry a burned log through a burned forest. Over this image are the words Tread School - Fire Recovery Edition

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.


Increasing Our Impact by Lending a Hand

Two people in hard hats work on their knees to install a piece of decking on a bardwalk.

TKO volunteers helped to build a new boardwalk at the South Slough Estuary Reserve this summer.

By Katie Vaughan, TKO Board Member

Throughout 2022, TKO crews set out on the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor—a 12-mile stretch of picturesque southern Oregon coastline—over 20 times, helping to recover areas lost to vegetation and time. Now, thanks to these efforts, you can have a picnic at Whaleshead Beach, hike from Natural Bridges to Spruce Island uninterrupted, or explore the Thunder Rock Cove Loop! […]

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