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As a volunteer with our River Experiences program, you have the opportunity to inspire others to enjoy the recreational opportunities that the Tualatin River provides. Through your own personal experiences and the training we provide, you will become an ambassador for our mission to protect, restore, and enjoy the Tualatin River. To become a paddle trip volunteer, you will need to attend our volunteer orientation. We ask our Paddle Trip Leaders to participate in three trainings to help prepare you for your first paddle trip:

  1. Volunteer Orientation - an introduction to Tualatin Riverkeepers' programs, the Tualatin River, and the various volunteer roles.
  2. Paddle Trip Volunteer Training - an in-pool training to orient you to safety on the river, the various volunteer roles on Paddle Trips, and a review of our fleet and paddle equipment.
  3. Equipment & Procedures - a riverside launch site training that will cover the use of our trailers, equipment, boats, paddling gear, and trip procedures and responsibilities that are required on each outing.
New Paddle Trip Leaders and volunteers will always be accompanied by a TRK staff member or experienced Trip Leader as they begin their journey with us. For any questions about Paddle Volunteering, whether it be time commitments, expectations, or the potential roles that volunteers will have, please contact Mark at