• Speleothems in Miller's Chapel.

    Oregon Caves

    National Monument Oregon

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  • Cave Tours Closed for Season

    Cave Tours are closed for the winter. Tours will resume April 26, 2014. All trails on the monument remain open.

Volunteer Groups

A Volunteer Group

A volunteer group prepares to do cleanup and restoration in the cave

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Volunteer groups can help make enormous strides in reducing lint and trash along the cave tour path, removing invasive plants, and clearing and piling brush. Scheduling a day or half-day of volunteer work for your group can build camaraderie and help your group meet its service goals.

Important considerations:

  • Please contact us at least two weeks in advance of the date you are interested in volunteering. That will give us enough time to plan the work and prepare and schedule the staff members who will supervise the group.
  • Certain times of year we are unable to schedule volunteer groups because we are either short-staffed or it is not the best time to try to complete the work.
  • The size of the group we can work with depends on our staffing at the time. As a general rule, we may not be able to work with groups larger than 12, but acceptable group size also depends on ages of the volunteers, number of group leaders, whether we are working in the cave or outside, and whether the volunteers are experienced.
  • The time of year affects what kind of work we have available, and most of the work for volunteer groups is physical. We pull weeds in late spring and early summer before they go to seed. We pick lint and trash in the cave in spring and fall, when cave tours are not full, and sometimes in winter while the cave is closed. Other projects are potentially available for volunteer groups with specialized skills and interests.
  • With youth volunteers, there are additional considerations such as maturity and number of chaperones. All volunteers under age 18 MUST have a parent or legal guardian sign a permission form before they can do ANY work.

Contributions and accomplishments of volunteer groups:

Give us a call at (541) 592-2100 or e-mail us to arrange a volunteer activity for your group.

This page provides information for groups or group leaders interested in volunteering at Oregon Caves. Information about scheduling groups for cave tours or education visits (field trips) are found on other pages.

Did You Know?

A small cave located near the visitor center.

The marble rocks of Oregon Caves were once a tropical reef that was pushed under the continental edge to a depth of 12 miles and then uplifted to 4,000 feet above sea level.