Spring Volunteer Opportunities



We're filling up the calendar with (always free) trainings, workshops, and activities to get you warmed up and ready to spring into action for Mt. Hood. This weekend, join Bark staff and volunteers at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference: Common Ground, in Eugene for three days of panels and workshops. Brenna, Michael, and I will be presenting at four of the talks, see the full schedule here. PIELC is a free conference and there are some really evocative topics on the agenda this year. Stop by Bark's table and say hello!

Sunday, March 10th, join volunteer Hike Leaders Kim and Mike for the "Springtime Emergence" hike in Mt. Hood National Forest. Since the beginning, Bark has offered free, monthly hikes to Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding public lands. We believe that by witnessing the breathtaking Cascade ecosystem and learning about the many threats it faces, we can build stronger advocates (this means you!) for the protection of these public lands.

OK. Get your calendar out. Here's the full rundown:

Tomorrow, February 27th from 5:45-7 pm, I'll be meeting at the office with members of our Free Mt. Hood Campaign Committee to map out our public education and presentation schedule for the next several months. If you are interested in this kind of work, please let me know by filling out this survey

Wednesday, March 13thBark's Ecology Club is hosting Cascadia Wild to talk about their wildlife tracking program and the amazing work that they do for the critters of Mt Hood! This will be a great opportunity to learn about the wild creatures that call Mt. Hood their home. Ecology Club takes place in the library space in our office every second Wednesday of the month at 351 NE 18th Ave, PDX - from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Invite your friends to join the freshet of new Bark volunteers Thursday, March 21st at Spring Volunteer Orientation.

In the first week of April, Michael will kick-start Groundtruthing season with this two-part training for new volunteers. Groundtruthing involves documenting threats to public forests and finding inconsistencies between what logging proposals describe and what is actually occurring on the ground. This information is essential for building a legal and public case for stopping destructive logging projects. Space is limited for this training and you must register (always free!). Register here.

In April, Ecology Club will play around with one of the world's most popular nature apps, iNaturalist. This app helps you identify the plants and animals and connect with a community of over 750,000 scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! Meet at the office, 351 NE 18th Ave. on Wednesday, April 10th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. 

Sign up now for Radicle Training: Intro to Forest Law and Policy at the office on Thursday, April 11th. This evening training, facilitated by Bark's policy coordinator and staff attorney, Brenna Bell, is a primer for the Organizing Track of Bark's Radicle program

Join Hike Leaders Audie and Tara for a kid-friendly hike to explore Fish Creek on the Bark About Hike April 14th. Monthly hikes meet at the Grocery Outlet on NE Hancock and 44th Ave at 9 am, the second Sunday of each month.

Let me know if you're interested in our Campaign Toolbox workshop, which I'll be leading on May 2nd at our office. This is another component of the Organizing Track of our Radicle program. I will outline the advocacy tools Bark uses in forest defense work, and a present a survey of organizing tactics seen nationally over the past few years, covering a wide range of issues. 

Do you love sharing your enthusiasm for Mt. Hood with others? Ever considered leading a Bark About Hike? Get trained up to plan safe and compelling day trips to Mt. Hood National Forest at Hike Leader Training on May 4th. Space is limited for this training and you must register. Register here.

Bark volunteer Maya will lead our May Ecology Club: Creating Pollinator Landscapes! Check back on our website for more details about this event. May 8th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Are you interested in presenting on an ecological topic that you love? Let me know!

The kid-focused Forest Fairies + Friends Bark About Hike on Mother's Day, May 12th will be a special treat for the littlest Barkers, so bring them all!

Gather again at the office on May 16th with our staff attorney and policy coordinator, Brenna Bell, for a deeper dive into the different components of how Mt. Hood National Forest is managed for timber, recreation, and wildlife. The Thinking Like a Forest Plan training is especially important for those interested in working on the Free Mt. Hood campaign to permanently shift the direction of management in Mt. Hood National Forest away from destructive logging. 

Click on the image below to watch a beautiful short-film produced by Bark volunteer Jono Melamed. We hope you'll share this striking video on all your social networks to help spread the word about the importance of putting boots on the ground to protect our forests.

Directed, Shot, and Edited by Jono Melamed
Produced by The Simple Beasts

See you soon,

Courtney Rae, Associate Director for Bark