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.

Volunteers at the Gathering, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

During the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, our volunteers help visitors, take tickets, tend bar, drive shuttles, work in the gift shop, and much more. As thanks, each volunteer receives a Deluxe Pass pin allowing free entry to all non-ticketed daytime sessions and the program book. Volunteers assist us with preparing for the Gathering, as well as during the event.

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 online. 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?
Interested in volunteering during the year? Please 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Questions may take 3 - 5 days for a response; your patience is appreciated.