Group Volunteer Opportunities
The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forest welcome groups looking for service opportunities. Please contact our Volunteer & Partnership Program Managers about ways that the forest can help you earn scout badges and meet service or school requirements.
We welcome all types of experience as well as little to no experience. For projects that require the use of tools, we will provide both the training and the safety equipment.
List of Key Volunteer Organizations
Archaelogical Society of Central Oregon
The Archaeological Society of Central Oregon (ASCO) is a group of amateur, avocational and professional archaeologists who share common interests in the history and prehistory of Central Oregon. Field projects are conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. The projects allow members and families to work with professionals on historic preservation projects such as archaeological excavations and surveys, rock art recording, and historic structure reconstruction.
Back Country Horsemen of America
Dedicated to keeping trails open for all on our public lands. Back Country Horsemen chapters work closely with trail partners and local land management agencies to clear and maintain trails.
Central Oregon Motorcycle Club
Did you know that volunteerism is an excellent way to show your appreciation for the wealth of OHV trails that you and your family enjoy? The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests have several hundred miles of trails. We have enlisted the help of many volunteers to keep the trails and facilities in good condition. Our volunteers work long, hard hours, and the tasks they perform are numerous and varied.
Central Oregon Nordic Club
Volunteer stock shelters with wood, build and maintain shelters, clear and mark ski trails, and help with signage, bridges, and debris management.
Central Oregon Running Klub
Central Oregon Running Klub’s mission is to promote health and fitness through running and to provide an inclusive culture that strengthens the local running community through the support of key community running events, integration with community businesses, and providing running centric activities for youth through masters runners. Since 1980, CORK has been involved in race promotion, trail maintenance, weekly running groups, and coaching our youth to become State Champions and lifelong runners.
Central Oregon Trail Alliance
A local, volunteer-based organization that works in conjunction with the US Forest Service and other land managers to build and maintain more than 500 miles of trails in central Oregon.
Discover Your Forest
Stewards of the Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland, Discover Your Forest seeks to engage youth to reach the next generation of stewads through educational outreach and career pathway programs, provide visitor services, interpretive programs and events to increase visitor numbers and diversity and deepen the personal commitment and involvement of the local community through volunteerism.
High Cascade Forest Volunteers
The mission of the High Cascades Forest Volunteers is to help maintain, restore and preserve the public lands and resources administered by the National Forest Service for present and future generations. Volunteers are needed for a wide range of activities, and there are plenty of opportunities to match everyone’s interest and skill. Tools and equipment will be provided. Horses or llamas will help carry equipment for some of the organized summer projects.
Oregon Equestrian Trails
A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, and maintaining horse camps and trails in Oregon
Oregon State Snowmobile Association - Central Oregon (District 4) Clubs
The Oregon State Snowmobile Association is an organization of individuals, snowmobile clubs, and businesses working together to preserve, protect, and enhance the sport of snowmobiling.
Pacific Crest Trail Association
Assists the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies in the maintenance and restoration of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
TLC / Meissner Nordic
Formerly known as the Tumalo Langlauf Club, volunteers from this group maintain the trails and facilities at Meissner Nordic Sno-Park, as well as organize cross country ski events and races. Donations and membership fees keep the entire operations going. TLC / Meissner Nordic Community Ski Trails are 14 miles from Bend just off the Cascades Lakes Highway on the way to Mt. Bachelor. TLC / Meissner Nordic is a chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club and operates under a volunteer agreement with the National Forest Service.