Friends' 1,500 volunteers are the engine that drives Gorge protection. Help us maintain sensitive properties in the Gorge, lead educational hikes, pitch in at tabling events, or aid us with administrative work in the Portland office. No matter how large or small, your volunteer contributions are invaluable to our work.
Let Us Know Your Interests
How would you like to get involved? Fill out this Volunteer Interest Survey and email it to Outdoor Programs Coordinator Maegan Jossy. A Friends' staffer will get back to you about ways to volunteer.
Be a Friends Activist
Gorge protection doesn't just happen. The voices of citizens like you help convince decision-makers to ensure the Gorge is preserved for future generations. Whether you write a letter to the editor or call or write your elected officials, making your voice heard makes a difference.
- Visit our Current Actions page to learn what's hot right now.
- Sign up for e-mail updates to stay in the loop.
- Use our Activist Tool Kit to learn how to be an effective activist.
Share your passion for the Gorge with friends and family and help Friends meet its annual fundraising goal. There are lots of fun, easy ways to show others why the Gorge is special and needs protection. Contact Development Director Sandy Wright at email@example.com.
Hike Leader and Shepherd Program
Lead Friends hikes in the Gorge! Hike Leaders receive an in-depth training to lead hikes and educate the public about Gorge protection, geology and natural history. Hike Shepherds assist leaders in ensuring that hikers have a positive and safe experience. All abilities and experience levels are welcome! To get involved, contact Outdoor Programs Coordinator Maegan Jossy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Featured Hike Leaders: Get to know our volunteer hike leaders, some of which lead several hikes each hike season. And join the team!
There is perhaps no greater on-the-ground contribution you can make than helping Friends care and maintain for Gorge lands. Friends holds work parties on our own Land Trust lands as well as public lands to remove invasive species, re-plant native vegetation, maintain trails and clean up refuse. Get involved!
Supervise a Friends information table at a community outreach event which includes answering questions, handing out literature, signing up new activists and educating people on Gorge protection issues. Outgoing volunteers encouraged! Contact Field Representative Peter Cornelison at email@example.com to lend a hand.
Support the critical day-to-day work in Friends' Portland office. Projects vary from a few hours occasionally to weekly commitments and ongoing programs. Help out with mailings, filing, data entry, organizing news clippings, technical computer support and collecting background information for Friends' projects. Contact Outdoor Programs Coordinator Maegan Jossy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make Public Comments
Help Friends to comment on and monitor important conservation issues in the Gorge. Contact Field Representative Peter Cornelison at email@example.com.