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Wilderness Ambassador Training – Central Coast

April 6 at 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Free
This day long training covers all the specifics of the Wilderness Ambassador program and is required before volunteering on the trails solo.

Wilderness Ambassadors make up one branch of TKO’s Trail Ambassdor Program. These volunteers head out on some of the most beloved Wilderness trails on Mt. Hood, in the Columbia River Gorge, and new this year (2024) to the Drift Creek Wilderness in Siuslaw National Forest to share Leave No Trace principles, trail etiquette, and more with trail users. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, volunteers also gather data on physical and social trail conditions and perform some lights stewardship projects, such as moving small obstacles from the trail and putting out abandoned campfires.

This day long training will cover all the specifics of the Wilderness Ambassador program. Topics covered will include safety procedures, advanced public engagement techniques, hike scheduling, and data reporting.

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.

Details

Date:
April 6
Time:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wilderness-ambassador-training-central-coast-tickets-870109720597

Organizer

Trailkeepers of Oregon
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Venue

Siuslaw Public Library
1460 9th Street
Florence, OR 97439 United States
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