Trailhead Hosts

Lend a hand greeting Preserve visitors and promoting the safe, responsible, and enjoyable use of Land Trust Preserves!

Do you like to chat with folks about Land Trust Preserves? Do you enjoy being outdoors in the spring and summer? Become a volunteer Trailhead Host!


Join the Land Trust to start this pilot program! Trailhead Hosts volunteer at least once a month on weekends from April - October. Trailhead Hosts will stand or sit at trailheads near Land Trust Preserve parking lots, greeting visitors and promoting the safe, responsible, and enjoyable use of Preserves.


Trailhead Hosts are needed to help at Whychus Canyon Preserve, the Metolius Preserve (North Trailhead), Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, and Indian Ford Meadow Preserve.


Duties include:

  1. Represent the Deschutes Land Trust in a professional, courteous manner that reflects well on the organization and avoids conflict.
  2. Help Preserve visitors as needed, including:
    1. Answer general questions about the Preserve and the Land Trust.
    2. Have available and distribute maps, contact information, and other literature to interested Preserve users.
    3. Orient users to the Preserve and offer hiking suggestions as needed.
    4. Promote Preserve etiquette, safety, and awareness.
  3. Check Preserve trailhead conditions, including kiosk and parking area
  4. Report on Trailhead Host visits via the report form after each visit.


Requirements include:

  1. Volunteer only on the weekends and at least once a month from April-October (there is no required amount of time that you need to volunteer when you are at a Preserve--usually a couple of hours is great!).
  2. Wear your official Land Trust Trailhead Host vest so other visitors can easily identify you.
  3. Carry a small Trailhead Host supply kit, which will be provided to you, including: first aid materials, maps, brochures, dog bags, dog leashes, garbage bags, etc.
  4. Fill out Trailhead Host report form for each visit.
  5. Prior interpretive experience preferred.


To learn more, read the full Trailhead Host description.


***If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Trailhead Host, please contact Jana Hemphill***