Hiking Docent Program

Thank you for your interest in becoming one of the Conservancy’s volunteer hike leaders! Conservation is fueled by connecting people to the lands and waters throughout the Inland Northwest, and now YOU will be an instrumental part in that.

Not only is leading conservation hikes to local trailheads a ton of fun, but it inspires others to join in our shared vision of an Inland Northwest of interconnected natural habitats supporting thriving populations of native plants and wildlife, respected and enjoyed by all who call this region home.

The Volunteer Hiking Docent Program is a great fit for you, if:

  • You enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors
  • You want to learn more about your local natural spaces
  • You are comfortable leading a group of hikers at various skill levels
  • You can commit to leading 4 hikes a year
  • You want to connect with others in the community who share a love for the outdoors

Volunteer Hike Docent Program Manager

Gillian Rowe


509-328-2939 ext. 8

Becoming a Hike Leader

Phase One: Reach out to Gillian

To become a hiking docent, you should first reach out to Gillian Rowe (growe@inlandnwland.org) to express your interest! Here we can help answer any questions and make sure this program is a good fit.

Becoming a Hike Leader

Phase Two: Attend the Hike Leader Training

Once you communicate with Gillian you must attend a hiking leader training hosted by Inland Northwest Land Conservancy Staff. Here we will run over the program expectations, safety, and any other questions you may have.

Becoming a Hike Leader

Phase Three: Get Logged into Hike Docent Webpage

Once you attend the training you will receive the passcode to log into our Hiking Docent Landing Page on our website. Here you will have access to the schedule, hike registration forms, fact sheets for our different hike locations, and other additional relevant information.

Becoming a Hike Leader

Phase Four: Register to Lead Hikes

At this point you will be able to submit requests for hikes YOU want to lead. To make the program fit best with your schedule, you get to choose when and where your hikes take place. You could lead hikes on conservation lands including:

  • Palisades
  • Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve
  • Saltese Uplands
  • Antoine Peak
  • English Point
  • Slavin Wetlands
  • Liberty Lake Cedars
  • Cougar Bay Nature Preserve
  • Mica Peak
  • and more!