Mount Rainier National Park's volunteer program is now on Tumblr and Facebook rather than Blogger. Please update your bookmarks and subscriptions.
All blog posts have been migrated to the new site, so you will still be able to find, on Tumblr, all of the resources that had been gathered here over the past decade.
Volunteer and Outreach Program Manager
Mount Rainier National Park
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
The volunteer program of Mount Rainier National Park began this blog almost ten years ago, in the wake of the great flood that swept through the park in November of 2006. Since then, we've posted more than 1400 stories about the awesome work that volunteers do to help protect our park and serve its visitors!
At the time we opened this account, the National Park Service had very little presence on social media, so we were pioneering mostly uncharted territory. We selected Blogger as our blog platform for a variety of reasons including ease of use and our best guess that it would last as a website.
Over the years, the NPS caught up with us, and today, there is an official Park Service presence on many different social media platforms, including Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Periscope, Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube. Mount Rainier has official sites on most of these, under the name "MountRainierNPS." The sites follow guidelines established to ensure uniformity and best practice, including the use of an NPS arrowhead as the icon or avatar for each site, and the suffix "NPS" at the end of each name.
Unfortunately, Blogger is not included in the list of approved social media sites.
Therefore, over the next week or two, the volunteer program will be migrating to Tumblr instead. Tumblr allows 250 posts per day, so the transfer from Blogger will take at least six days to complete. When it is done, we'll post a note here, permanently directing you to the new site. Meanwhile, you can check out the work in progress at our new address, http://RainierVolunteersNPS.tumblr.com.
Notice that our familiar "RainierVolunteers" name is now "RainierVolunteersNPS," in line with NPS standards. Otherwise, you can expect the same information-rich content as before, full of stories about volunteer opportunities and accomplishments and photos of volunteers in action!
Meanwhile, our Facebook page, formerly "RainierVolunteers," now also has the NPS suffix. Follow us on Facebook at http://Facebook.com/RainierVolunteersNPS.
We've experimented with Twitter and YouTube in the past as well, so those sites may also transition to our new name. We'll keep you posted!
Thanks for your continued support over all these years,
Mount Rainier National Park
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Mount Rainier National Park Associates will be conducting six volunteer work parties at Mount Rainier on six Saturdays during 2017. Four of those Saturdays of doing trail maintenance work and two Saturdays we will be assisting a park crew in doing "resource management". We invite you to join us for a day or two of volunteer work, donating your time and effort, but also enjoying the amazing place that is Mount Rainier National Park and the company of some great people.
Please mark your calendars to join us on any, or all, of the following dates. The locations will be determined by park staff about two weeks before the volunteer work party.
April 29th - doing trail maintenance A great day to get that first spring outing at Mount Rainier.
May 20th - doing trail maintenance
June 17th - doing trail maintenance
July 15th The Deveg - A day doing exotic plant removal (also known as weeding). This is a surprisingly fun Saturday
August 19th - doing trail maintenance during the day, followed by a pot luck dinner, and an overnight camp for the volunteers who have worked that day
September 9th The Reveg - A day doing planting of wildflower seedlings to re-establish alpine meadows. This may be at either Sunrise or Paradise.
I hope to see you on one, or more, of these MRNPA volunteer work parties.
Mount Rainier National Park Associates
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Fee is $40 for Mountaineers members, $60 for non-members. Participants must supply their own backpacking gear and food. Registration closes on March 20.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Annual Activity and Expense Report
Hours no longer counted as volunteers:
Student Conservation Association Interns: 8,674
Geoscientist-in-Parks Interns: 3,652.5
[Total volunteer and intern hours: 81,978]
- A trial Service-Learning program with Girl Scouts was very successful within our Education and Keep Wildlife Wild programs.
- The Japan Volunteers-in-Parks Association, based in Tokyo, added 704 international volunteer hours.
- Three SCA Community Crews, totaling 30 youth, contributed 2,400 hours.
- Our ongoing partnership with the Washington Trails Association brought 6,615 hours of trail maintenance by 476 people. This accounted for about a quarter of the 25,142 total hours reported in Trail Maintenance, by far our largest volunteer program.
- 29 Community Groups were active in the park, including several local schools, business groups, and Tourism Cares, which brought 100 volunteers to the park at one time for an enormous volunteer work day.
- National Trails Day and National Public Lands Day continue to be some of our most popular drop-in volunteer days.
- 11 SCA interns contributed 8,674 hours and 7 Geologist-in-Park interns contributed 3,653 hours (neither are included in "volunteer" totals).
- Citizen Science volunteers contributed 3,574 hours, surveying amphibians, butterflies, wildflowers, and wilderness hikers.
- Meadow Rovers set records with 7,877 hours by 186 people patrolling subalpine trails.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
· Road Closures/Rules of the Road· Winter ecology· The 10 winter essentials· Winter driving tips· Radio protocol and procedure
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Another beautiful summer has come to a close and it is time for me to leave the mountain for the winter. Once again, Meadow Rovers have given their hearts, souls, aching feet, and 6709 hours to the visitors at Mount Rainier National Park. You have deputized at least 50,000 young hikers as caretakers of the flowers, distributed thousands of flower brochures, answered a million questions, and carried out way too many bags of garbage. All in all, your total contacts numbered 137,237 visitors.
Sunrise roving has ended with the closing of the White River WIC. Paradise on the other hand will be open to rovers with the following guidelines:
- Pick up radios at the Longmire museum which opens at 9:00.
- Return radios before 4:30.
- Be sure to sign out and sign back in.
- Solo Rovers must remain below Glacier Vista, below the Skyline/Golden Gate junction, and below the Skyline/Mazama Ridge junction.
- Weather pemitting, teams may do the complete Skyline.
- Sign out and radios will be in the Rover Office in the JVC opening at 10:00.
- Return to JVC by 4:15 p.m.
- Check with rangers on duty or designated supervisor as to needed areas of coverage.
On Any Given Rove
- Be sure that you are carrying the 10 Essentials at all times. In an emergency situation, you may be out longer than anticipated.
- Check the weather forecast before going out on the trail.
- Allow yourself enough time to return radios at the end of the day.
- Alert your supervisor or JVC (dispatch is last resort) of anything that might delay you.
- Keep your radio on and listen for safety updates.
- BE SAFE – you are most important to our program.
If you are not planning to return to meadow roving, would you kindly return your uniform shirt? They can be washed and re-issued.
Please oh please, check your backpacks for the elastic/Velcro armbands used during the cold days of May and June. We started with 15 and now have 3. They are much needed by the winter Snow Rover Program. They can be mailed to:
Meadow Rover Program
c/o Kevin Bacher
55210 238th Ave E
Ashford, WA 98304
I have enjoyed making new friends and welcoming the returning rovers. I look forward to seeing all your bright and shiny faces next summer! Be safe and enjoy the winter.
Coordinator MORA Meadow Rovers