Throughout the year, more than 400 volunteers —both local and from out of town— support the Western Folklife Center’s activities in our mission to document and preserve the cultural traditions of the American West.

Volunteering with us is a great way to contribute directly to these goals, as well as meet wonderful people, support rural culture, and become part of a community.

During the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, our volunteers help visitors, take tickets, tend bar, drive shuttles, work in the gift shop, log shows, and much more. Volunteers also assist us with preparing for the Gathering.

At other times of the year, we rely on volunteers for many things, including but not limited to helping at special events, distributing posters/flyers, assisting in the office, acting as exhibit tour guides, and putting together exhibits.

How do I sign up to volunteer?
Please click here to register. We use the same online form for year-round volunteers and for those specifically wishing to help out during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Questions about volunteering?
For more information about volunteering during the year, give us a call at 775-738-7508. If you have questions about signing up to be part of our team at the Gathering, please email Questions may take 3 - 5 days for a response; your patience is appreciated.

Photo of volunteers at the Gathering by Jessica Brandi Lifland,