Volunteer Opportunities


Spring Work Parties are kicking off! Come help out as we focus on improving trails and removing invasive species! Expected dates for upcoming spring work parties are listed below. If you are interested in attending any of them, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Douglas as soon as possible to reserve a spot for that work party. He will provide you with additional details.

Join a carpool to the work party by creating a profile in DriveLessConnect.com and searching for the network McDonald Dunn Forest Volunteers.

List-serve: If anyone is interested in receiving updates on volunteer events and important Forest information please sign up for our email list-serve. Contact Douglas Pereira: douglas.pereira@oregonstate.edu.

The work parties listed below still need volunteers:

Saturday May 17th- Trail hinge cutting

National Get Outdoors Day:

OSU College Forests and Benton/Linn County Extension are pleased to offer our second annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) at Peavy Arboretum on May 31st, from 10am-3pm. The purpose of this event is to connect first-time visitors and kids to the great outdoors by providing a wide variety of outdoor-based activities and opportunities. Last year we had over 350 participants and countless smiling kids. 

We are in need of volunteers to staff the event, especially those who speak Spanish or are bilingual. There will be two shifts (unless otherwise noted below);* shifts run from 9:30-12:30, or from 12:00-3:00. 

We need volunteers in the following tasks:

  • General Information and welcome booth staff
  • Event greeters 
  • Activity volunteers (short hikes, camping, hands-on activities, etc.)
  • Photographers
  • Traffic monitors and parking lot attendants (*9:30-12:30 or 12:00-4:00)
  • Event set-up (*8:00-10:00)

When you RSVP to volunteer for GO Day you will be invited to our volunteer appreciation and training on May 29 from 6PM to 8PM. Food and refreshments provided! You will also receive a free T-shirt on the 31st to wear for your shift.

Please consider joining us to make this worthwhile event a great success! Contact Douglas at douglas.pereira@oregonstate.edu as soon as possible to get set up with the task that best fits your interests. 


Why Volunteer?

McDonald College Forest trails begin with you! The rewards are great and the requirements are simple. If you enjoy forests, exercise, and meeting others who share common interests, you'll fit right in. Our trails provide recreation for hikers, bikers and equestrians. Have fun being involved and help us provide recreation facilities for future generations. You're invited to help out.

You can make a difference!

Volunteering not only benefits the forest, it benefits you! For more information on how to become a McDonald College Forest volunteer, contact our volunteer coordinator (see contact info at the top of the page).


Trail Maintenance

Learn planning and construction skills and see the results of your work. Communicate ideas about trail needs and recreation opportunities while working alongside McDonald Forest staff members and other volunteers. The College Forest provides training and the tools to help maintain trails and fight invasive species.

Arboretum Maintenance

If you prefer a less intense volunteer experience while enjoying the beautiful surroundings consider volunteering in Peavy Arboretum. We have a need for basic landscaping skills such as weeding, invasive removal, pruning and mowing. Peavy Arboretum provides educational and recreational opportunities to forest visitors. Many recreationists bring their families to enjoy this resource.

Invasive Species Removal

The need for invasive species removal is constant. Himilayan blackberry, Scotch broom and others spread quickly and out-compete native plants for resources. They must be removed in order to encourage the establishment of native plants. We will teach you how to identify these non-native species and give you the tools to remove them. The benfits of this activity are instantly visible and very rewarding.


2013 Accomplishemnts (Kudos!):

Volunteers contributed over 3,500 hours of their time to the College Forests in 2013; that’s $42,450 worth of work!

Core Volunteers: We are fortunate to have a core group of regular volunteers who are responsible for most of the maintenance you see on our trails and in Peavy Arboretum. We greatly depend on their knowledge, skills and time to help maintain the recreation program.

Work Party Volunteers: Thank you to each of the following groups and all of the individuals that joined us to work on some very important projects that required many hands throughout the year of 2013.

  • Corvallis Youth Volunteer Corps - Office landscaping, invasive removal
  • Eagle Scouts –Building log benches
  • HandsOn Willamette—Trail work, graveling
  • Heart of the Valley Runners—Bridge cleaning, trail work
  • OSU Adventure Club—Invasive removal
  • OSU’s Center for Civic Engagement—Invasive removal, trail work
  • OSU’s Geo 300 students—Trail work, graveling, landscaping, work on tree I.D. posts, new trail construction
  • OSU’s Honors College Student Association— Bridge traction project
  • Oregon Equestrian Trails— Trail work, gravelling
  • Team Dirt—New trail construction

The new Firehouse Trail was completed this fall by Forest volunteers as part of a project to inform the public about the utility pole harvest that took place in the Elizabeth Starker Cameron Demonstration Forest.  The trail connects the Soap Creek trail with the McDonald Forest and is currently open to foot traffic only. We ask bikes and horses to refrain from using the trail this winter while we wait for the tread to “set.”