Eastern Oregon


Volunteers by Year


in 2022


In 2021


In 2020


In 2019

Week 8 Goal: $15,000


New partnerships and reach projects across the state


  • Offered Trailkeepers University events in Burns, OR for the first time.
  • Put 520 hours into the trails at Smith Rock State Park, tackling systemic issues to make the trails safer and more welcoming for all visitors.  
  • Took our sawyer training program on the road to La Grande, OR and trained 27 participants!

9+ partner organizations

came together to support TKO training events in eastern Oregon.

Taking care of trails that meander through the sagebrush requires a specific set of skills.

Expanding our training curriculum this year, we found ourselves connecting with eastern Oregon volunteers and groups that were looking to grow their trailkeepin’ skills. The events we hosted together opened up opportunities for folks from eastern Oregon communities to give back to their local trails in new ways. The training events of 2022 were made possible thanks to the support of awesome groups already doing great work in the region, including Wallowa Mountains Hells Canyon Trails Association, and the Mount Emily Recreation Area,Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Eastern Oregon Visitors Association (EOVA, Oregon Natural Desert Association, Bureau of Land Managment and many, many more! TKO is excited to continue to bring these types of trainings to our easter Oregon partners and volunteers to support them in bringing their trailkeepin’ to the next level!

Our friends at 10 Barrel and Patagonia are sweetening the deal for those who give a gift to Oregon’s trails this week!

Every gift of $30 or more this week will enter you into a raffle to win one of three gift certificates for dinner for 2 at a 10 Barrel brew pub near you.

If you’re feeling generous, a gift of $75 or more will ALSO get you entered into a drawing to win a Patagonia rain jacket + a pair of Danner boots!

There’s more than one way to give!

Anyone who donates their time at a TKO trail party this week (12/19 – 12/23) will also be entered to win at the $75 level.


520 Hours of Volunteer Service

by TKO volunteers at Smith Rock State Park in 2022

Smith Rock State Park

TKO has been working to expand our stewardship further into South and East Oregon, and one of our favorite projects has been at Smith Rock State Park near Bend, Oregon. TKO volunteers came out for 5 trail events at Smith Rock, including the annual Spring Thing event held by the Smith Rock Group and a collaborative trail party with our friends at Go Beyond Racing! 

Volunteers learned about rock work and tread techniques while improving the Wolf Tree Trail, River Trail, and Mesa Verde Trail. Stay tuned for more projects in the Bend and Sisters area as we strive to serve trails in need of help all across the state!

TKO volunteers want to do more at Smith Rock, but they need your help to get there!

Give a gift to TKO today. 


Latest News

Trail Ambassadors are getting ready to launch!

By Loren Payne

Spring is quickly approaching! That means before we know it, Trailkeepers of Oregon will be kicking off another Trail Ambassador season. Through partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Parks, the Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge Tourism Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, and Friends of the Columbia River Gorge, Trail Ambassadors will take to trails beginning April 22nd to engage with trail users across the state. We are always looking to grow our team – if you’ve been looking to give back to the trails you love, we want you on board!


Family Friendly Events are Back!

An adult holds a fern while a child uses lopper to cut it at the base.

Join TKO on the last Sunday of each month to learn all about trail stewardship!

By Natalie Ferraro

Trailkeepers is excited to once again be offering Family Friendly trail parties for 2023. These events are a chance for kids of all ages to learn some of the basics of trail stewardship, spend quality time with family and friends outdoors, and learn the value of taking care of a place they love. We think our Family Friendly trail parties are some of the best fun you can have on a Sunday, but you don’t have to take our world for it. We asked TKO volunteer Jon and his son Liam to share why they love volunteering with TKO. […]

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!


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