Ambassadors at Bannermans IslandThe Walkway Ambassador Volunteers are a vital part of the Walkway Over the Hudson, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.   They are a group of friendly, energized people who volunteer their time to assist the Walkway State Historic Park and enhance the visitor experience.   They are the welcoming faces of the Walkway who enjoy giving back to the community they live in.  They are engaged in various activities to provide on-site information, assist in special events, serve as docents for special interest groups and tours, support fundraising, and donate their varied skills and services - all that leave a happy lasting impression to our visitors!

The New York State recognized Walkway Ambassador Volunteer Program holds training forTour Guides Peggy and Jim new prospective volunteers seasonally.  The training requires two classes, 2 hours each plus an on-site tour.   There is a requirement of 50 volunteer hours per year.

If you have any questions please contact Susanne O'Neil (soneil@walkway.org)

If you would like to support the Walkway but are unable to volunteer, please consider becoming a member.

Ambassadors on the Bridge

Thanks go to the trustees of the Jeannette Schlobach Charitable Trust, Michael Fleischer and Michael Dupree, James J. McCann Charitable Trust, the Cunneen Hackett Charitable Trust and IBM for making the Ambassador Program possible.


Spring 2017 Volunteer Training Schedule

General Volunteer Training I
Tuesday, February 21, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (2 hours)

DC Emergency Response Center 392 Creek Rd Poughkeepsie, NY

This initial training discusses Walkway's history as well as the role of the Walkway volunteer. This training is the first of 4 required volunteer classes to become an Ambassador.

General Volunteer Training II
Tuesday, March 7, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (2 hours)

This training will discuss in further detail the new projects and amenities happening at the Walkway in 2017 as well as NYS parks safety and security policy and procedure. Pre-requisite to this training is attendance at the 2/21/2017 general volunteer training I session or though approval of the Programs Manager. This training is required for anyone that is planning on becoming an Ambassador. If you have questions, contact Susanne O'Neil (Programs Manager) at soneil@walkway.org.

New Volunteer On-Site Tour
Saturday, March 18, 10 am - 12 pm (2 hours)

This on-site tour is the third training within our Ambassador Program. A seasoned volunteer ambassador will provide the tour . All volunteers should meet at the East gates (Poughkeepsie side) by 10a.m. The tour is roughly 1 1/2 hours. Dress is weather appropriate.

POS Training for Ambassadors in training -required
Wednesday, March 29, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (2 hours)

This Point Of Sale training will be for volunteers who are currently going through the spring ambassador training program.

The POS is used weekly at both the east and west pavilions.

The training is required to become an ambassador.

Spring Ambassador Vesting Ceremony
Saturday, April 22, 11 am - 12 pm (1 hour)

The Spring Vesting Ceremony is for those who have completed all four trainings, and are willing to commit a minimum of 50 volunteer hours per year (16 of which will be spent at either East or West Pavilion). The ceremony will begin at 11:00 am, and will be roughly 30 minutes. Light refreshments will be served.

Please sign up for the trainings listed above by visiting Walkway’s Volunteer Hub.



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