Volunteer with The Nature Conservancy

Cascade Head Overnight Volunteer Work Party  

Hill overlooking river.
Salmon River Estuary Volunteers take a break atop Cascade Head preserve overlooking the Salmon River Estuary. © A. St. John
Volunteer Overview

Join TNC for an overnight volunteery work party at Cascade Head Preserve!

Over the weekend, volunteers will improve the hiking trail to The Nature Conservancy’s iconic Cascade Head Preserve by adding gravel to the lower trail to elevate low areas that get muddy in the rainy season.

Additional tasks may be announced closer to the date. Moving gravel is strenuous work, and it will require hiking 1-2 miles round trip with elevation gain and working on uneven terrain. 

Please BRING:

  • For work: A long-sleeved work shirt and pants for two days of work, a daypack, plenty of water for the first day (there will be places to refill after the work day), layers of clothing including raingear or windbreak (dependent on forecast) and a hat. Bring gloves if you have them—if not, you can borrow ours.  
  • For camping: A camping chair, headlamp, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillows, pj’s, toiletries and tupperware to pack your lunch. Musical instruments and games are highly encouraged. Let us know if you need to borrow camping gear or need a bed.

Overnight Accomodations:  Everyone is invited to spend Friday & Saturday nights near the preserve at a local Forest Service research facility. There is plenty of flat ground for pitching tents. You’ll have access to a shared kitchen and bathroom/shower facilities. You may arrive as early as Friday at 3 PM. The group will head out to work around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. If you will arrive after that, please meet us at Knight County Park.

FOOD:  On Saturday and Sunday mornings, The Nature Conservancy will provide a continental breakfast along with peanut butter and jelly lunch fixings for you to make a lunch. We’ll have a taco bar for dinner on Saturday and volunteers are welcome to bring additional items to eat, drink or share.  PLEASE NOTE: We will be providing the opportunity for volunteers over the age of 21 to have ONE alcoholic beverage.

Register for the event today!

In person work
Cascade Head Preserve, Otis, OR
Aug 03 - Aug 04, 2024
10:00 AM-3:00 PM PT
Several volunteers with work gloves and buckets by a pile of dirt with a white pick up truck.
Volunteers Volunteers helping to restore Powell Butte Natural Area in Portland, Oregon. © Mitch Maxon/TNC