Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Partners in Preservation 2016!

 Mount Rainier National Park is one of the featured parks in Partners in Preservation 2016! This program highlights historic preservation projects across the country. At Mount Rainier National Park, we are working to rehabilitate a historic cabin that will house search and rescue volunteers.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Find Your Park! (Michelle Obama)

What better way to Find Your Park than to join our team as a National Park Service volunteer?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Museum Collections Volunteers Needed

Wanted: two volunteers to assist with the installation/deinstallation of seasonal exhibits, aiding researchers, scanning researcher photograph requests, conducting inventories of the collection, and cataloging artifacts. This work is suitable for individuals who are flexible but like detail work.  All training in museum management and the National Park Service Cataloging program will be provided. For a full description of this volunteer opportunity and to submit an application, visit (link takes you to the opportunity listing). You may also contact Brooke Childrey, Park Curator, at 360-569-6784.

A small reimbursement may be available. Shared housing may be available if application is received before May 31, 2016.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Case of the Missing Armbands

Armbands to wear over warm coats and jackets were made over the winter.  However, it appears that our faithful snow rovers were so tired at the end of the day, they forgot to leave them in the Meadow Rover Office.  If you are one of those, you are forgiven as we truly appreciate your help, but would you please return them to the Meadow Rover Office or bring them to the training sessions on June 12.  

Thank you for all you do!

Maureen McLean
Coordinator MORA Meadow Rovers

Sunday, May 15, 2016

A Clean "Front Step"

SR 706 and the towns of Elbe and Ashford are often referred to as the "Gateway to Mount Rainier." Help us keep our "front step" clean by joining a small task force of dedicated litter pickers: the Mount Rainier Volunteers' Adopt-a-Highway crew!

Per an agreement with Washington State Dept. of Transportation, our team goes out with long-armed grabbers and heavy plastic bags three times each year to patrol a two-mile section of SR 706. This stretch of road encompasses the Park's Tahoma Woods administrative facilities as well as the only good view of Mount Rainier along the highway. We want it to look nice for our visitors, so please consider joining us for our next pick-up on June 26. For more information, contact Crow at

Friday, May 13, 2016

Find Your Park! (Sally Jewell)

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell found her park at Mount Rainier. Have you?

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Museum Collections Reconciliation Project

Are you detail-oriented? Are you interested in Park history? This volunteer opportunity may be perfect for you!

Opportunity Featured Summary:  
Position includes assisting with the reconciliation project verifying the location of artifacts and corresponding paperwork, assisting with the installation/deinstallation of seasonal exhibits, aiding researchers, scanning researcher photograph requests, and cataloging artifacts.

Opportunity Description:  
Duties: Applicant will be working with the Mount Rainier National Park museum collections. Projects will include assisting with the reconciliation project which will involve verifying the location of every artifact in the collection and the corresponding paperwork. This task requires careful attention to detail even when the work is repetitive. Applicant will also be assisting with the installation/deinstallation of seasonal exhibits, aiding researchers, scanning researcher photograph requests, and cataloging artifacts. All training in museum management and the National Park Service Cataloging program will be provided.

Location: The park's curation facility at Park Headquarters near Ashford.

Time Commitment Required: two volunteers are needed for the period 6/14/16 to 9/30/16.

Skills and abilities required: Applicant must have excellent hand-printing abilities, be detail-focused, and flexible with changes in the daily work schedule. Position requires a NACI background check and issuance of a DOI Access Card.

Other Information: A small reimbursement may be available.

For more information: Contact Brooke Childrey, Park Curator, at 360-569-6784 or apply for this position on, reference keywords "Mount Rainier"

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

MRNPA's May Work Party

An excerpt from John Titland's email with more information about the upcoming work party at Mount Rainier National Park.  If you are interested in learning more about the Mount Rainier National Park Associates, please visit their website at and sign up today!
Here are the details of the Mount Rainier National Park Associates volunteer trails work party happening on May 21st.
We will meet at the Carbon River entrance to Mount Rainier between 8:30 and 9:00 AM.  Our cars will be parked inside the locked gate so drive right up to the gate and someone will open the gate and let you in.  Be ready to head out by 9:00 AM.  We are scheduled to be working on the Old Mine Trail.  Expect a hike of approximately a half mile to reach the work site.  Be sure to bring a warm jacket and good raingear.  
If you plan to attend, please reply to this email to indicate that you are coming and to tell me how many volunteers you are bringing with you.
There are safety equipment requirements for all MRNPA trail work volunteers. (These rules apply to all trail workers.)  Anyone using an aggressive tool - like a Pulaski, ax, shovel, etc. - or anyone working near them - is required to wear a hard hat and safety glasses.  People working with or near a less aggressive tools are not required (but will be encouraged) to wear a hard hat.  If you own a hard hat that you can wear, please bring it.  If you do not have a hard hat, we and the NPS have hard hats that we loan for the day.

Wearing safety glasses is encouraged at all times. Not all safety glasses are comfortable for everyone and some will not fit over eye glasses.  Because of cleanliness issues, some people don’t like wearing safety glasses that have been worn by other people.  For these reasons, and probably many others, please purchase (acquire, find, dig-up, whatever) a pair of personal safety glasses that you will wear.  The local hardware store is a good place to start shopping.  A serviceable pair or safety glasses will cost about $10.  And be advised that shatterproof eye glasses do not meet the requirement for safety glasses. Safety glasses all have side protection which eyeglasses do not.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Meadow Rovers Arise!

Coming this Sunday - May 15th, Maureen returns as coordinator of the Mt. Rainier Meadow Rovers.  I will be at Paradise organizing our Meadow Rover office so come on in and say hello.  Hoping to be outside on the mountain talking to visitors more than inside!

Plans are underway for our annual training days with New Rover training on June 11th and Returning Rovers on June 12th.  Both will be held in the Community Building at Longmire.  I am looking to change things up a bit with several exciting new speakers and topics and a look at the differences between roving at Sunrise as compared to Paradise.  More information will be forthcoming.

While we do not have meadows as yet, the vegetation is starting to appear along the edges of the parking lot and under the trees.  Volunteers are needed just around Paradise to keep sleds off the hillside and protect the emerging vegetation.

I am so looking forward to seeing all of you.

Maureen McLean
Coordinator MORA Meadow Rovers

A Sampling of Photos from MRNPA's First Service Project of 2016

A very special thanks to VIP Melissa Rogers for snapping these pictures while working with the Mount Rainier National Park Associates as they were starting to rebuild the Boundary Trail out of Carbon River.  Visit to sign up for their next volunteer day!