The following blog is an excerpt from “How to Become a National Park Volunteer” by the National Park Foundation.
Volunteers are a critical part of the success of America’s national parks, especially at a time when many park resources and staff need additional support. From clearing trails to providing visitors with information to assisting archaeologists, volunteers provide invaluable services. The National Park Foundation and its partners, like Apple, help support these initiatives by encouraging the national park community to join volunteer efforts and by funding programs that invite the public to partake in them. There are many ways to roll up your sleeves and give back to America’s greatest treasures, but if you’ve ever wondered where to start, check out the following tips.
With over 400 sites managed by the National Park Service – and at least one national park in every state – most Americans live within 100 miles of a national park. The National Park System includes battlefields, monuments, memorials, recreation areas, seashores, and more. Here’s how you can find volunteer opportunities in your community.
Once you’ve identified a park, reach out to the appropriate contact and let them know you’re interested in participating in volunteer activities, individually or with a group. Below are some helpful items to know before reaching out:
Not all parks will have an immediate opportunity, but you may be able to find an activity to help support park needs in the future.
Continue reading, “How to Become a National Park Volunteer” from the National Park Blog here.
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