Volunteering Opportunities

Trails, Ivy and Restoration

Volunteers commit thousands of hours to removing invasive weeds, graveling trails, and keeping Tryon Creek safe, healthy and beautiful. The following is a list of all of the opportunities to get involved outdoors in the park IVY REMOVAL: Roll up your sleeves, and help us pull English ivy. Ivy is an invasive weed that overtakes and kills native plants. We have drop-in Ivy Removal work parties at least once a month, and sometimes more. We also schedule ivy pull opportunities for individuals and groups on the weekends and during the week. This is the best volunteer opportunity for groups, people fulfilling community service obligations, and youth under age 18. CLICK HERE FOR OUR UPCOMING STEWARDSHIP EVENTS TRAIL MAINTENANCE: Join a drop-in work party, and keep trails in the park clear and dry year-round. Activities may include hauling and spreading gravel, pruning, and minor construction. Please, no volunteers under age 16. ADOPT-A-PLOT: Adopt your own area of the park to remove invasive species. You, your family or a group set your own schedule, and remove ivy, blackberry, and other weeds. Commitment: adopt your area for one year, and complete a minimum of four to six work parties ADOPT-A-TRAIL: Do you enjoy using tools, getting your hands dirty and some good old outdoor manual labor from time to time? Do you feel passionate about land stewardship and helping to preserve protected wildlife areas? If so, read on! The Friends of Tryon Creek are facilitating the opportunity for you to adopt your very own 200- yard section of trail in our 675- acre natural area. We will train you to work safely on basic trail maintenance and support you as you maintain your section of trail. You may adopt as an individual or group. We ask an average of 1-4 hours of service per month over the period of one year. (Length of adoption is negotiable.) TRAIL HOST: Take care of the park as you hike, jog, or ride your horse. Provide information to park visitors, and remind them of rules and regulations. Commitment: at least ten hours per month; schedule is flexible. VOLUNTEER QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Lizzy Miskell at 503.636.4398 or [email protected] SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT STEWARDSHIP WORK OPPORTUNITIES: If you are interested in stewardship work in Tryon and would like to set up a time to come out separate from our scheduled work parties, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Lizzy Miskell at 503.636.4398 or...

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Everyday Support

From a comfortable chair in the Nature Center, keep Tryon Creek going. NATURE CENTER HOST: Greet visitors at the Front Desk, answer questions about the park, forward phone calls, and sell Nature Store merchandise. While you’re waiting, help staff complete small projects or enter data. Four-hour morning and afternoon shifts available. Commitment: eight or more hours per month. DATA ENTRY: If you’re very comfortable with computers, careful and organized, we often need help with data entry. Membership, summer camp, and other programs rely on volunteers to keep...

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Educational Support

Teach adults and children about the outdoors! FIELD TRIP – NATURE GUIDES: Work with education staff to lead K-12 field trips in the park. Almost every weekday in fall and spring, we offer two-hour programs to schools across the Metro area. Nature Guides lead a group of ten or fewer children on a guided hike to teach basic concepts in sciene and ecology. We offer in-depth nature guide training twice a year to introduce our curriculum and offer guideance on teaching. Nature Guides benefit from ongoing learning opportunities, including exciting trips around Oregon. Commitment: one training and at least 10 two-hour hikes during the school year. EDUCATION EVENTS: Help us with fun learning events! Events include Trillium Festival, Earth Day, the Tall Tale contest, Winter Solstice, Learn To Camp, Scout days, and the Spooky Night Hike. Tasks may include preparing craft materials, leading a booth, or guiding groups. Commitment: one or more events each season GUIDED WALKS: Lead guided walks for adults and families. Throughout the year and three times a week in the summer, State Parks and Friends staff offer guided walks on a variety of topics, and children’s Story and a Stroll programs. We are often looking for volunteer substitutes. This is a great opportunity if you’re mostly available on weekends. LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS: Most often geared for adults, our exciting lecture series and seasonal workshops keep us learning year-round. Help us organize and plan an exciting series, or offer a program...

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Assistant Counselor

If you’re in high school or starting your first year of college, join us in the summer to help with Nature Day Camp. Assistant counselors may also help with winter and spring camps. Work with staff to lead hikes, craft projects, songs and storytelling. We offer camps to children from preschool age through middle school, and camps vary in length from half-days to overnights. Commitment: two one-week sessions in June, July or August For students entering their first or second year of college, we offer one internship each summer. Application is posted in the Spring on our Nature Day Camp...

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Event Support

Every season of the year brings new and exciting events, and we need all of the help we can get! Events include: Trillium Festival (including the Plant Sale); Earth Day Celebration,  Wreath Sale; Forest Market; Winter Solstice; and more. GENERAL HOSPITALITY: Work behind the scenes to support staff and volunteers during events. Organize food and refreshments, prepare materials, greet and direct visitors, and more. EVENT ORGANIZING: If you love planning parties and events, we can use your skills. Schedule shifts and activities, plan and prepare weeks ahead to make events run smoothly. PARKING: Keep traffic flowing, and assure everyone a place to park! For our bigger events, we need people who can help fit as many cars as possible safely in the...

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Committees

Committees keep all of our programs going. If you like to plan, direct, brainstorm and take on responsibility over the long-term, a committee may be just right for you! STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE: Make decisions and set goals for trail maintenance and restoration throughout the Park. Committee meets every other month. COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE: Assist in the development of marketing and PR strategy in support of our mission to connect people to this important natural area, share our passion for the wonders of nature, and inspire environmental stewardship in all. FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE: Direct and coordinate fundraising efforts and events. Fundraising allows us to meet our mission and build our capacity EDUCATION COMMITTEE: Brainstorm ideas for education events, programs and policies. Fun events are scheduled throughout the year. Ed Committee meets monthly. VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE: If you are passionate about volunteering please join our committee. The Volunteer Committee brainstorms ways to improve our volunteer opportunities and programs, supports the Volunteer Coordinator, sets procedures and policies, and helps to plan and coordinate volunteer recognition events. Volunteers are the heart of Tryon Creek and keep our programs going and help us meet our...

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Special Projects

We’re always in need of someone with a special skill or interest to take on unique projects. Do you have a rare ability you’d like to offer? We need you! EXHIBITS: From woodworking and painting to research writing, graphic design and photography, we’re always in need of a special skill for Nature Center exhibits. If you’re creative and motivated, we can use your help! COMPUTERS: Help! We often need geeky folk who can help with data entry, networking, fixing bugs, database, printers…you name it. LIBRARY: Do you love books? Help label and organize things in the library! Work on library acquisition! NATURE STORE: Organize and support our small, educational gift store. Buy, stock, and maintain books, toys and other items. Participate in our annual inventory day. CLEANING: Love to fight the grit and grime? Twice a year, we have a Cleaning Day, and we are perpetually battling the dust. Wield a sponge to tidy and clean the library and exhibit hall, wipe down the kitchen, and organize supplies in the back room. YOU TELL US: Do you have a skill that we desparately need, but just don’t know it yet? Let us know–maybe you’re who we’ve always been looking...

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Opportunities for Youth

Tryon Creek is a wonderful place for youth to give back to our community! Whether you’re interested in completing required service hours or would simply enjoy spending some time working in and learning about a beautiful nature preserve, we’ve got some great opportunities for you. Volunteer as a Nature Center Host – Youth 16 and over are welcome to volunteer in our Nature Center greeting visitors, sharing program information, answering phones and taking care of the gift store. This is a great opportunity to learn good customer service skills and get comfortable interacting with the public. Volunteer in the forest working with Invasive Specie removal and/or trail maintenance. In this role you will learn more about the ecology and healthy balance of the forest ecosystem, as well as some valuable hands-on environmental restoration skills. Help out at special events such as the Trillium Festival or Creatures of the night. These one-time opportunities are great for learning how large-scale events work, meeting other volunteers and at times facilitating kids activities and crafts. Join a planning committee! The Friends of Tryon Creek have various committees which meet to discuss how the organization is run. Your support on the Volunteer Committee or Education Committee can help us to offer interesting and fun program opportunities to people of all ages. Please contact [email protected] for more information about any of these opportunities. IMPORTANT NOTE: All minors under age 18 must have a legal parent or guardian sign a minor consent form allowing their child to participate in a volunteer project. Children under age 14 must be accompanied by a supervising adult Youth Groups Youth groups typically participate in ivy pulls. Children participating in a school-sponsored activity during school hours, scout groups and some others may be exempt from signing the minor consent form. While we are flexible and can accommodate most groups, we do have restrictions to assure that the volunteer experience is as positive and successful as possible. Regrettably, we are not able to meet every group’s needs. All chaperones are expected to participate fully in the volunteer activity, and are responsible for the behavior and supervision of underage participants. Chaperones and children should dress for the weather and wear clothes appropriate for the activity. Please contact [email protected] to schedule a service...

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Court-ordered Community Service

If you have court-ordered community service hours to complete, you may be eligible to volunteer with the Friends of Tryon Creek. You will be required to complete an additional form for court-ordered service. Please contact [email protected] for more information about court-ordered Community Service scheduling. PLEASE NOTE: Individuals who have been convicted of or charged with any crime involving or relating to child abuse or neglect, child pornography, child abduction, or any other violent offense, including kidnapping, rape or any sexual offense, or who have ever been ordered by a court to receive psychiatric or psychological treatment in connection with such a crime or crimes are NOT permitted to volunteer with us....

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