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COVID-19 updates

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Oregon Department of Forestry. Due to COVID-19, we have suspended volunteer opportunities at this time, except for the 2021 camping season. You can apply to be a camp host now

We are in the process of establishing protocols for volunteer opportunities as the state reopens, and hope to resume offerings soon.

Are you looking for ways you can support the State Forest Recreation Program and the Tillamook Forest Center right now? Here are a few options we hope you will consider:
We thank you for your support, which allows us to continue our mission to create lasting and diverse outdoor recreational, interpretive, and educational experiences that inspire visitors to enjoy, respect, and connect with Oregon’s state forests.

Volunteer information

Volunteering with ODF is a great way to engage with your community, improve the environment and make a personal mark on the places you visit and enjoy. There are many ways you can help care for Oregon's State Forests, from one-time to reoccurring volunteer opportunities for youth, families, groups and individuals. Check out the volunteer opportunities below to see how you can get involved.

The Tillamook Forest Center invites you to consider sharing your passion and experience to help make the center a memorable place for visitors. Whether assisting with programs, meeting and greeting visitors in the exhibit hall or on the trails, working in the gift shop and at the information desk, or helping behind the scenes, volunteers bring their own special insights and know-how to the Tillamook Forest Center team. For more information, please visit the Tillamook Forest Center​ website​.
​Camp hosting is a great way to travel around the United States experiencing new areas and meeting new people. ODF offers camp host positions at eight rustic campgrounds and one visitor center spread across the Tillamook, Santiam and Clatsop Stat​e Forests in Northwest Oregon.

Most host sites provide: ​
  • A free campsite in a scenic campground                   
  • Firewood                                                                                 
  • A generator (at sites without electricity)                                 
  • Gas & propane (at sites without electricity)
  • Septic field (at select sites)​
The host season runs from the middle of May through the middle of October, and camp hosts generally serve for a one month period. 

The camp host recruitments are open now for the 2021 camping season. Sign up to be a camp host on the application below.
Do you have a favorite trail in an Oregon State Forest and are looking for a way to give back to the area you enjoy? Partner with ODF to adopt the trail you love!

You can become a working partner in the trail management team where you or your club can volunteer to maintain established trails and keep them clean. Adopt an entire trail, or a specific segment of a trail – whatever you or your group can manage best.

Adopting a trail means doing maintenance work, providing status reports to the State Forest Recreation Team, and helping to identify and complete trail upgrade or improvement projects. Anyone can adopt a trail from a single person, to a group of family and friends, to an organized club or business. ​

The Adopt A Trail Program is currently offered on the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam State Forests. Contact the state forest recreation staff below for more information.

Tillamook State Forest

Clatsop State Forest

Santiam State Forest
​Maintaining ODF's recreation trails is a core part of the volunteer effort on Oregon State Forests. Volunteers can assist with the maintenance of both non-motorized and motorized trail networks on the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam State Forests.
Trail work parties are open to the entire recreation community. Work will focus on trail maintenance activities such as:
  • Cleaning out drainage structures 
  • Blocking illegal trails
  • Clearing down trees
  • Installing drainage structures 
  • Spreading gravel to harden trails 
  • Constructing reroutes to create a more sustainable trail system
Contact the recreation staff on the State Forest near you for more information on how you can get involved.

Tillamook State Forest 

​Clatsop State Forest

Santiam State Forest
Trail Patrol Program is an ambassador program made up of members of both the OHV and non-motorized trail use communities. This program offers the opportunity for trail enthusiasts to act as a positive representative on the trail networks for their chosen form of trail recreation by working with ODF to educate forest visitors, enhance visitor safety, and participate in maintaining quality recreation trail opportunities. 

The Trail Patrol meets the second Wednesday of every month, January – November at the ODF office in Forest Grove.​ Contact the Forest Grove Office at 503-357-2191.
Please note that Trail Patrol Program is only offered in the Tillamook State Forest.​​​​​ 
Each year ODF partners with SOLVE to host community volunteer opportunities in the Tillamook State Forest. 

In April, Earth Day is celebrated with a forest clean-up. Volunteers meet at a central location and join teams led by ODF staff to clean up dumpsites spread across the eastern portion of the Tillamook State Forest. SOLVE partners with ODF in September as well for the fall "Down by the Riverside" cleanup.

Visit the SOLVE website​​ for more information on how you can participate.
Photo of volunteers at SOLV event

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