Volunteer Opportunities

Sign up to Be a Part of No Ivy Day 2017

Sign up to Be a Part of No Ivy Day 2017

Portland Parks & Recreation invites you to join us for our 14th annual No Ivy Day. Revel in the celebration of invasive plant removal and community participation in our treasured natural areas. Portland Metro-wide ivy removal work parties will run from 9am to 12pm, followed by a gathering of food and celebration at various sites.  Enjoy refreshments, raffle prizes and mingle with community volunteers.

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Eco Crew

Eco Crew

Here at Tryon Creek there is a long tradition of community lead park stewardship. You can join these efforts to maintain and improve the park by volunteering for Eco Crew. Volunteer tasks alternate between trail maintenance and invasive plant removal (like mulching, brush clearing, and pulling ivy.) Activities include a mile hike, working off trail in uneven terrain in all weather conditions. Led by Friends of Tryon Creek and/or Oregon State Parks, instruction, gloves and tools are always provided.

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Volunteers Descriptions

Education & Interpretive Programs

  • Guided Hikes: Lead guided interpretive walks on different themes for adults and families.
  • Story and Stroll: Read a story, make a craft and lead a walk with pre-school aged kids.
  • Nature Guide: Lead field trips through the forest for grades k-6
  • Interpretive Stations: Bring education to park visitors through roving science stations.
  • Owl Monitoring: Locate and monitor owl species throughout Tryon Creek.

Stewardship, Restoration, and Trails

  • Stewardship Saturdays: Returning in Spring 2017 join us every week as we remove invasive plants.
  • Stewardship Leader: Guide stewardship work parties and educate volunteers about our restoration efforts.
  • Trail Work: Join our Saturday trail crew as they restore, maintain and build new trails.
  • Adopt a Plot or Trail: Restore the park on your own schedule.
  • Backyard Habitat: Conduct site visits to certify program participants as they work to restore native wildlife habitat in their own backyards.

Outreach and Events

  • Nature Center Volunteer: Welcome visitors and answer questions about the park in the Nature Center
  • Outreach & Membership Intern: Support the Development team through outreach and promotion of our membership
  • Membership Ambassador: Share our mission, programs, and Membership opportunities out on the trail or at community events.
  • Special Events: Work behind the scenes to support planning, set-up, and logistics for events.
  • Trail Ambassador: Represent the State Parks on the trails by offering information to visitors and providing gentle reminders about park rules.

Youth Roles

  • Teen Science Educator: Educate and connect visitors to through a science station set outside on the trails.
  • Assistant Counselor: Support the Summer Nature Day Camp staff as they lead hikes, craft projects, songs and storytelling.

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Keep up to date on special events and opportunities for volunteers at Tryon Creek!

How to become a Tryon Creek volunteer

  1. Fill out a volunteer application
  2. Schedule a phone interview with Volunteer Coordinator Amy Morrison
  3. Pass a background check (not required for all volunteer roles)
  4. Complete an OPRD waiver form

*Note: Steps 1-3 do not apply to Stewardship Saturdays and special event volunteers

Volunteer Forms

If you have any questions or comments: Amy Morrison, Volunteer Coordinator: amy@tryonfriends.org