WHAT ARE TRAIL AMBASSADORS?

TKO’s Trail Ambassador Program places volunteers at popular trails in the Columbia Gorge, on Mt. Hood, and along Oregon’s coast. Volunteers give back to the trails they love by engaging with visitors around hiking safety and etiquette, Leave No Trace, responsible use of public lands, and more. Ambassadors are thanked for the service to our trails with apparel, FREE NW Forest Passes, discounts to Gorge businesses, and more! Scroll down to learn more about the many ways to be an Ambassador.

A man in a hat and sunglasses sits behind a Trail Ambassador table in front of the Tom McCall Preserve trailhead sign. The Columbia River Gorge is visible in the background.
Three Wilderness Ambassadors stand together smiling on trail in front of Mount Hood.

Trailhead Ambassadors

Trailhead Ambassadors are friendly folks excited to engage with trail users just heading out on their adventures. These volunteers set up a table at some of the most popular trails in the Columbia River Gorge, on Mount Hood, and along the Coast to help and educate visitors on topics like Leave No Trace, wayfinding on the trail, safety, and more!

You can even volunteer as a Trailhead Ambassador with a team! Bring your group of friends, family, or coworkers, and spend the day together supporting trails by engaging with trail users, hiking, and cleaning up the trail. Click below to learn more!

TRAIL AMBASSADOR TEAMS

Wilderness Ambassadors

Wilderness Ambassadors are a special type of volunteer. Experts at public engagement and education, these adventurous folks head out on some of the most beloved wilderness trails on Mount Hood, in the Columbia River Gorge, and in the Drift Creek Wilderness on the central coast to share Leave No Trace principles, hiking safety, and trail stewardship with trail users. Click the link below for more info!

Become a Wilderness Ambassador

Getting Started as an Ambassador

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A TRAIL AMBASSADOR?

  • For both Trailhead and Wilderness Ambassadors, we ask that you complete the online Trail Ambassador training. This is a short series of videos and quizzes that can be done at your own pace.
  • Wilderness Ambassador Volunteers will also need to complete a classroom training day and 3 mentor hikes before going out solo. Read more here.
  • In these trainings, we will go over volunteer logistics, Leave No Trace principles, and tips for you to help folks have a safer and more enjoyable experience on the trail. This will equip you with the resources to feel confident in your role talking to visitors and navigating potentially challenging situations.

2024 Trail Ambassador Training Schedule

Wilderness Ambassador volunteers are required to complete one in-person training day before volunteering solo. Training dates for 2024 are April 14th, June 1st, and July 21st. Click the link for each date to learn more and sign up!

Trailhead Ambassadors are highly encouraged, but not required, to attend a Trail Ambassador Intro Hike before volunteering solo. Intro Hike dates for 2024 are April 13th, April 21st, May 25th, June 29th, July 28th, and August 11th. Click the link for each date to learn more and sign up!

WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

Start by taking the online Trail Ambassador Training!

Take the Trail Ambassador Training

And sign up for our monthly Trail Ambassador Newsletter to receive program updates and event notices!

Sign up for the newsletter

Other ways to be an Ambassador

Field Guide Editors

TKO manages the extremely popular OregonHikers.org. We are always on the lookout for dedicated folks from around the state who are interested in helping to edit and curate this amazing, volunteer-built resource. Apply to be a Field Guide Editor today!

Become a Field Guide Editor

Building a Trail Ambassador Network

Trail Ambassadors has been a collaborative effort from the start. This program is built on the foundational idea that nonprofit partners, agencies, and the public are more powerful together than apart. This program is the result of many years of hard work from the partners listed here. TKO works with an extensive network of partners to support this program. We are always excited to partner with new volunteer groups who might be look for skills training, or new land managers who might be looking for field support.

If you are involved with a nonprofit, agency, or business interested in becoming a part of the Trail Ambassador Network, please email:

natalie.ferraro@trailkeepersoforegon.org

Want to Get Involved?

Email volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org for more information on TKO programs.

Or contact us at:

Trailkeepers of Oregon
P.O. Box 14814
Portland, Oregon 97293
(971) 206-4351

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