Volunteer Opportunities

The Friends of Mt. Tabor Park relies on the generous support of our volunteers to keep the park safe, clean, and accessible to all. Scroll down to see how you can help make a difference.

Mt. Tabor Citizen Scientist
Fall Tree Project

Friends of Mt. Tabor Park was awarded a $1000 grant for Mazamas Conservation Foundation to expand our knowledge of the forest ecology of Mt. Tabor Park.

We'll be documenting a variety of woodland conditions in our survey along with descriptions of the trees and their intra-species connections.

Data collected from this community science project will be added to the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) International Database, sponsored by NASA, and will be available for communities and scientists all over the world.

If you would like to participate in a nature project and enjoy the beauty of Mt. Tabor’s woodlands in the fall, please attend one of these orientation and training meetings:

Thursday, October 28, 4:30–6pm
Saturday October 30, 2:00–3:30pm
Monday November 1, 4:30–6pm
Wednesday November 3, 4:30–6pm

We'll meet at the Mt. Tabor Park Visitor Center, then take a walk to practice surveying trees. Please dress for the weather and for walking.

RSVP to the project coordinators:
Hap Pritchard, 503-880-4383, pritchap@spiretech.com or
Candace Gossen, 971-222-5112, info@blackcoyotemedicine.org

Urban Nature Series Leader at the Visitor Center

We're looking for an Activities Leader to facilitate ecological and cultural activities at the visitor center! Click here for more details about this exciting opportunity. Register for the programs here.

Weed Warriors

Last Saturday of the Month (except December), 9am-noon

FMTP Weed Warrior volunteers remove invasive plant species and restore native habitat to Mt. Tabor Park. Meet at the Mt. Tabor Visitor Center a few minutes before 9:00 am.

Tools, gloves, and invasive plant removal hacks provided. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and long sleeves to protect yourself as you work alongside trees and bushes, including thorny blackberry. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. A water bottle filling station is located by the restrooms near the Visitors Center.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate. Children under 12 must be in the company of an adult for the duration of the service project. Volunteers under 16 must either attend with a parent/adult, or bring a waiver.  

Register via the button above. For further information on Weed Warrior service projects, contact our Stewardship Coordinator Emily Lytle at emily.fmtp@gmail.com

Foot Patrol

Formed in 2000, the Foot Patrol is composed of volunteers who periodically walk in Mt. Tabor Park in pairs to observe park activity and conditions; record and report theft, vandalism, graffiti, and improperly secured facilities; manage lost and/or found items, provide first aid, assist lost or disoriented individuals, and pick up litter while on patrol. 


The requirements are few, and the personal rewards are great. Check out our Foot Parol Handbook for details. To schedule an orientation, contact the Foot Patrol coordinator at taborpatrol@gmail.com.

Visitor Center

The Mt. Tabor Park Visitor Center, located at the main parking lot near the caldera amphitheater, is staffed entirely by volunteers - the more we have, the more often the center is open to the public! Spend a few hours at the center greeting guests, answering questions, providing maps and brochures, staffing the lost-and-found, and (best of all) handing out dog biscuits. Opened by the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park in October 2011, the center is a valuable resource for park guests. To arrange an orientation session, please contact taborfriends@gmail.com or call 503-512-0816.