Meet our Trail Ambassadors

May 10, 2017
New pilot program gets volunteers out on the trail to help promote the safe, responsible, and enjoyable use of Land Trust trails.

This spring we're piloting a new volunteer Trail Ambassador program at several of our flagship Preserves. The goal is to have a more regular presence at our Preserves while promoting the safe, responsible, and enjoyable use of our trails.

Volunteers Ginny Elliott and Steve Ponder are our first official Trail Ambassadors and you'll find them on the trails at Whychus Canyon Preserve, the Metolius Preserve, Indian Ford Meadow Preserve, and Camp Polk Meadow Preserve.

Ginny Elliott has been volunteering with the Land Trust since 2012. A former educator and self proclaimed weed devotee, Ginny spends her Land Trust volunteer time shepherding on hikes, leading the Weed Warriors in battle, helping with work parties and events, and now helping with our Trail Ambassador program.

Ginny was the Land Trust's Volunteer of the Year in 2014 and continues to devote many hours to the Land Trust each year. With a great deal of experience on the trail as an interpreter, trail mender, and Leave No Trace advocate, Ginny looks forward to sharing her passion with others.



Steve Ponder has been a Land Trust volunteer since 2016. You'll find Steve out and about on countless Land Trust hikes as one of our excellent hike shepherds. A retired professor, Steve also has a long history as a ranger and interpreter including time spent as a caretaker and interpreter in Hells Canyon Natural Recreation Area, a volunteer naturalist for Boulder County Parks and Open Space, and a docent and trail rover for the Central Coast State Park Association.

Look for Ginny and Steve on the trail with maps, brochures, answers to questions, and smiling faces to ensure your hiking experience is as awesome as possible!