WEEK 5

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Trails are for everyone

Metro, city, and county trails, oh my!

Urban trails are a cornerstone to nature access for urban and suburban residents, offering countless physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health benefits. TKO has been busy throughout the Portland Metro Area and beyond in 2023 ensuring that these trails can continue to safely connect communities with the outdoors.

In 2023, TKO volunteers…

  • Built two new trails and a series of stairs for Clackamas county parks.
  • Hosted 6 family-friendly events, introducing kids as young as 2 years old and their families to the fun of trail stewardship.
  • Lowered transportation barriers by hosting events on trails that are accessible by public transportation.
  • Hosted a series of shared-identity events, offering safe spaces for folks who might not otherwise feel welcomed to volunteer.

These events are making a tangible difference in the daily lives of urban communities. The accessibility of these places make them extremely valuable resources, and TKO is excited to continue to steward them side-by-side with the communities who love them. However, we need your help to secure the funding! If you believe in the power of trails to change lives, consider supporting TKO’s work with a donation today!

Weekly Raffle

REI Co-op has some pretty sweet offers for those who support trail stewardship this week!

Give $30 (or more!) and you’ll be entered to win a Day Hiking Starter Pack, which includes an REI Trail 25 daypack + a Nalgene waterbottle + an REI beanie!

There’s more than one way to give! Anyone who donates their time at a TKO trail party this week (12/4-12/10) will also be entered to win!

In 2023, Trailkeepers in the Portland metro area...

Provided over 800 volunteers a chance to give back to their local trails.

Built stairs, gabions, check dams and other structures to keeps urban trails safe and open.

Celebrated opening two new trails for Clackamas Co. Parks

Established new partnerships with local trails managers

Safe and welcoming spaces

One of TKO’s guiding principles is that “trails are for everyone.” Throughout 2023, our work at Tryon Creek has focused on low-barrier and inclusive trail events. Family-friendly events each month have offered the opportunity to participate in half-day events with a short hike and simple lopping tasks to enable youth as young as *2* years old to contribute. Our monthly women’s events on first Wednesdays are also half of a day long and are welcoming to women and gender expansive individuals who find themselves at home in women’s spaces. This allows women who may have had negative experiences with toxic masculinity on trails to have a chance to try out trail stewardship in a space free of that. The women’s trail parties have focused on maintenance of the North Creek Trail, one of the more remote trails in the park.

These events are actively improving trails and introducing more volunteers to trail skills. TKO is enthusiastic about co-stewarding local trails with the communities that cherish them. If you also believe in the transformative power of trails, please consider donating to support TKO’s work today!

 

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