Join Our Trail Ambassador Team

Join Our Trail Ambassador Team

Trail Ambassadors are community volunteers that serve as friendly and informative points of contact for trail users to support safe and responsible use of trails. Join the team!

 

What are the responsibilities?

  • Encourage users to follow CCC guidelines and Leave No Trace principles to improve public safety and protect our sensitive shrub-steppe ecosystem.
  • Act as eyes and ears on the trail to help CCC recommend land and trail management strategies.
  • Commit to 10 hours of outreach and engagement — at trailheads and on trails — in a calendar year.

 

How do you become a Trail Ambassador?

  • Participate in a 90-minute Trail Ambassador Training. The virtual workshop teaches essential trail guidelines and effective outreach and engagement strategies to encourage good trail behavior.
  • Familiarize yourself with CCC’s Trail Guidelines.
  • You need reliable transportation (bikes encouraged) to and from a trailhead.
  • Commit to 10 hours of outreach and engagement time at CCC trailheads and on trails.

We are offering trainings on a rolling basis, whenever we have an interested group of five people or more.

Email Cy (eco@cowichecanyon.org) for details.

 

What are the benefits of being a Trail Ambassador?

  • Personal fulfillment from helping to protect special public lands while helping others recreate safely and responsibly.
  • Experience in community outreach and public engagement.
  • CCC swag! – namely a unique Trail Ambassador tee-shirt or hat.

 

How do you join?

  • Fill out a Volunteer Interest Form. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Cy (eco@cowichecanyon.org)
  • We will contact you to schedule an online Trail Ambassador training workshop.

 

2 Comments
  • Karen Ireland, M.D.
    Posted at 18:28h, 09 February Reply

    When is the next training? Above it says Dec. 8. This year? Last year? 2 years ago?

    • Cy Philbrick
      Posted at 18:57h, 09 February Reply

      Thank you, Karen, for pointing out the outdated info. Instead of hosting trainings on set dates, we’ve moved toward hosting them on a rolling basis, at volunteers’ convenience, whenever we have over five people interested in joining this team.

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CURRENT TRAIL CONDITIONS & CLOSURES:

CLOSURE (1/23/22): All single track trails at Rocky Top are CLOSED due to mud. Closure protects fragile trails and lands from damage. Rocky Top trails will likely re-open on April 1, after winter damage is repaired. 

PLEASE NOTE: We will be monitoring CCC trail conditions for mud. If you find significant mud, please let us know, and turn around to prevent trail damage. Thank you!

Detailed trail conditions here.