Trailkeepers University


Trailkeepers University


Training Events


Volunteer Participants


Hours of Service


In-Kind Value

Week 9 Goal: $25,000


Resolve to support trails in the new year!


  • Hosted 3 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion trainings for TKO staff, volunteers, board and partners
  • Brought on 30+ volunteers into crew leadership roles
  • Engaged 244 volunteers in saw training activities 
  • Had over 80 volunteers go through our Trail Ambassador training

33 specialized training events

with 298 volunteers in 2022!

DEI Workshops

At the opening of all of our events, TKO asserts that we want to be part of the change towards making trails safe and accessible for all by actively combating racism, bias, and hate. We know that in order to do this we need to start at home – with our staff and volunteers. That’s why TKO and our partners at Forest Park Conservancy began to create a series of 3 peer-to-peer DEI workshops that are now required for all TKO staff and Crew Leaders. 

Throughout the year, TKO and FPC hosted 3 sessions of DEI Workshop #1: Building an Inclusive Culture with a total of 46 attendees. For some of these people, this workshop is the first time they are introduced to DEI language and concepts. We are excited to continue to offer this workshop and create the inclusive culture on trails we hope to see. Stay tuned as TKO and FPC begin to offer Workshops #2 and #3 in 2023!

TKO Board Members and Legacy Keeper donors have come together to create the LEGACY KEEPERS MATCHING FUND.

This fund will match every donation $1 for $1 until the end of the year.

AND if you donate $50+, you will be entered to win 1 of 3 stays in cabin at Smith Creek Village at Silver Falls!

Your gift is worth twice as much, but only until midnight on Dec. 31st, so give soon!

There’s more than one way to give!

Anyone who donates their time at a TKO trail party this week (12/26 – 12/31) will also be entered to win at the $50+ level.


Saw trainings

are just one of the many types of Trailkeepers University classes you can take!

Crew Leader Training

TKO values quality volunteer experiences and knowledge sharing, and one way we pursue this is through our volunteer leadership opportunities. We couldn’t do the work we do without our amazing volunteer Crew Leaders, so we want to ensure leaders feel equipped for the job and other participants feel safe. We work towards this ideal through our various Crew Leader trainings, and 2022 was a big year for the development of the leadership pipeline.

This year TKO hosted 7 Leadership Labs, our introductory course on TKO leadership culture and creating a safe and welcoming experience. Through these events TKO trained a total of 25 volunteer Assistant Crew Leaders!

But that’s not all! We also hosted 2 Crew Leader Schools, our in-depth training on all things crew leadership. 6 new volunteers joined the rank of Crew Leader and have been successfully leading crews on trails across the state.

DEI workshops, Crew Leader School, and other transformed leadership classes are only possible thanks to our supporters! 

Give a gift to TKO today and be a part of Oregon’s trail legacy. 


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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