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TKU Leadership School: Crew Leader School

July 16 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

This event will give current and up and coming CL’s (and current CL’s who would like a refresher) a chance to learn and practice new skills.

This event will give current and up and coming ACL’s (and current CL’s who would like a refresher) a chance to learn and practice new skills

Crew Leader: Susan S., Loren P.

Hike Distance: <2 miles

Elevation Gain: <500 feet

Hike Difficulty: Easy

Work Difficulty: Moderate


This event is our updated Crew Leader Training and is open to:

  • TKO volunteers who are working towards becoming Assistant Crew Leaders and;
  • Current ACLs desiring to move from ACL into a full Crew Leader role and;
  • Staff and partners who are interested in crew leadership training opportunities

This event features sessions on:

  • TKO’s leadership culture about safety, inclusiveness and the quality of stewardship for the volunteer experience and the trails we tend to
  • How we build and maintain relationships with other stewardship partners
  • Overview of the project planning process
  • Event planning, coordination and management 
  • How to facilitate and steward the volunteer experience
  • Working with a diverse array of volunteers
  • Crew Leader commitments 

What to bring:

  • Sturdy boots – please bring sturdy boots that will protect your toes from sharp tools. For safety reasons, we cannot allow tennis shoes, sandals etc. during the trail work sessions. 
  • Long sleeved shirt and work pants – wear what you won’t mind getting dirty in
  • Rain gear and warm layers as needed for the weather.
  • Work gloves – we will have loaner pairs available
  • Water bottle – 2L minimum highly recommended
  • A lunch and snacks for the day
  • Daypack – for carrying all of the above
  • Need gear? TKO has clothes, boots, camping gear, and more available for loan. Reach out to volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org to let us know how we can help!

This class is designed to be an on-trail, experience based training. Please come prepared to participate in thoughtful and challenging discussions, learn new leadership skills, and, of course, do some trail work!


Directions will be provided to registered participants prior to the event.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TKO recognizes that the trails we work on travel through the traditional lands of many Indigenous tribes and communities. In every corner of what we now call Oregon, these people were forced to cede their land, their home, to the US government. We are privileged to be here today and we express gratitude to these tribes and their descendants for being the original and continuing stewards of these spaces.

ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS: TKO seeks to make our events inclusive of people of all backgrounds and abilities. If you would like to discuss potential accommodations to allow for your participation in this event, please click here to complete a short Google survey. TKO staff will then contact you to discuss options. Please note: available accommodations will vary by event and typically need to be requested a minimum of two weeks in advance. If you have any questions, please contact TKO Stewardship Manager Lindsay McIntosh-Tolle at lindsay.mcintosh@trailkeepersoforegon.org.

EQUITY & INCLUSION: TKO seeks to make Oregon’s trails a place where people can go to connect with nature & one another. Not everyone feels safe or welcome in the outdoors due to issues like racism, bias, and hate. We commit to being part of the solution to this problem and to enact change. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target any individual or group will not be tolerated by TKO, regardless of whether they are based on age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status.

PERSONAL SAFETY: Your physical and emotional safety is our number one priority. If a person’s actions or comments make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, you may: interrupt directly, tell a crew leader, and/or inform TKO staff via the post-event survey.

While TKO no longer requires masking/vaccination for its events, we do support those who feel masking is necessary for their own safety. We ask participants to respect the health of folks who wear masks by distancing or wearing a mask while in close proximity.


July 16
8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Trailkeepers of Oregon


Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail – Tooth Rock Trailhead
Cascade Locks, OR 97014 United States
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