Saturday, August 27, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Mount Rainier National Park News Release
In recognition of the National Park Service’s anniversary date of August 25, 1916, throughout the National Park Service entrance fees will be waived for the extended weekend dates of .
For visitors to Mount Rainier National Park on , the park invites visitors to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with some special activities around the park at Longmire, Ohanapecosh, Paradise and Sunrise between
At Longmire, the park is celebrating the history of the park. At the historic gas station you can visit with the park’s curator while viewing some of the rarely seen items from the park’s museum collection. Every hour, beginning at and ending at , the park’s living history team will be presenting programs that feature stories about people from the park’s past. On the half hour, beginning at and ending at , there will be walking tours of the Longmire Historic District led by the park’s historic architect and historic landscape architect.
At Ohanapecosh, the park is celebrating the next generation of park stewards with special Junior Ranger activities beginning every half hour from These programs will be followed by a National Park Service birthday celebration and Junior Ranger ceremony at the Ohanapecosh Amphitheater at Kids can earn their Junior Ranger badge while learning about birds, bugs, animals, and more!
At Paradise, the park is celebrating the work that park rangers and park partners do to run the park. Visitors can roam the plaza outside the Jackson Visitor Center to learn about the work and the specialized equipment used to keep Mount Rainier National Park going. From tracking fox to rescuing climbers, there is no shortage of interesting work in national parks. Meet rangers between , followed by a Centennial birthday celebration at with speaker Randy King, Superintendent.
At Sunrise, the park is celebrating the science conducted in the park to learn about and protect park natural and cultural resources. Through activities, demonstrations and guided walks learn about the work archeologists, botanists, ecologists and geologists do in the park. Meet scientists between , followed by a Centennial Birthday celebration in the Sunrise Picnic Area at with speaker Tracy Swartout, Deputy Superintendent.
For those wishing to celebrate the anniversary with a service project, there will be volunteer projects at both Longmire and Paradise, beginning at and lasting about four hours. Meet at the Longmire Museum to volunteer for maintenance projects at the Longmire Stewardship Campground. To volunteer at Paradise, meet outside the Jackson Visitor Center at the staircase with the John Muir quote for a trail brushing project. Please bring water and snacks; tools and gloves will be provided.
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- Share your own photos of Mount Rainier with other visitors in the Mount Rainier Flickr group: flickr.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Put yourself in this picture by joining our small but dedicated task force of litter pickers: the Mount Rainier Volunteers Adopt-a-Highway crew!
A lot of litter has accumulated over the summer as record numbers of visitors have been streaming into the Park. Our team goes out with long-armed grabbers and heavy plastic bags three times each year to patrol the two-mile section of SR 706, a stretch which includes the frontage of the Park's Tahoma Woods administrative facilities as well as the only good view of Mount Rainier along the highway. We want it to keep our "front step" clean for our visitors, so please consider joining us for our next pick-up on September 11. Crew size is limited to 12, so reserve your volunteer opportunity now! Please RSVP by September 6. For more information, contact Crow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, August 19, 2016
|Sunrise Meadow Rover Picnic|
Photo by Glenn Baldwin
I spent last weekend (Friday and Saturday) out in the park, preparing and hosting the annual volunteer picnics; then hiked the Skyline Trail at Paradise with my family on Monday. As manager of Mount Rainier's volunteer program, my job has me in the office in front of a computer and telephone too much of the time, so I value these opportunities to actually get out in the field and see things happening. I encountered many volunteers on these three days, and want to take a moment to say how thoroughly impressed I am by the work you all are doing!
We're at peak season right now, and the park is overflowing with people. The pressures have never been greater, on our park and on the people who manage it. And yet, the volunteers I encountered invariably bore smiles and enthusiasm for their work.
At Longmire, I chatted with a campground host who was so excited about his job that he was already making plans to recruit students at his local college for volunteer work. At Sunrise, I found the parking lot so efficiently organized that it looked like the cars had been parked by a valet service, even in places where there were no painted lines marking the parking spaces, and two volunteers directing traffic in the hot sun. They were grateful for a cold diet soda from my cooler, but had no complaints about taking on duties that would tempt a paid employee to surliness, and dozens of visitors benefited from their efforts, whether they were aware of it or not. At Paradise, my family and I encountered several Meadow Rovers as we made the loop of the Skyline Trail, all of whom greeted us and the other visitors around us with big smiles and helpful information, in spite of all the other visitors they were dealing with who ignored the "stay on trails" signs to cross fragile meadows in search of snow or better wildflower pictures.
This weekend was not unique. Last week I served as the Public Information Officer for a search and rescue effort in the park, and took reports of Mountain Rescue volunteers who responded on short notice from Olympia, Seattle, and Everett to help with the (ultimately successful) search. I received a copy of a comment form filled out by a visitor who was grateful for the help provided by our Emergency Roadside Assistance volunteers. Another note expressed gratitude for the help provided by volunteers to an injured hiker on the Silver Forest Trail at Sunrise. A trail maintenance volunteer passed on to me how frequently passing visitors thanked her group for the work they were doing to keep the trails in good condition.
And these are only the higher profile ways that volunteers help out, the ones that generate visitor comments and feedback. Other volunteers work behind the scenes, less obvious but no less important in their contributions to the National Park Service: surveying plants and animals, curating the park's historical artifacts, removing invasive species, repairing erosion damage from winter floods, maintaining campgrounds and campsites, and dozens of other tasks that ensure that Mount Rainier remains as pristine as possible for future generations as well as our own.
When visitors' cars line up for more than a mile at the park's entrance station, and it seems like you've asked the 50th person in the past hour to stop trampling the meadows, it can be difficult not to feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task. And yet, imagine what the park would be like without the help of our volunteers! The meadows would have little protection from well-meaning visitors who don't understand how sensitive they are to being trampled, and would go unrepaired by overworked revegetation crews. The trails would deteriorate faster than our paid crews could keep up with repairing them. Parking at Sunrise would be haphazard and dozens of families would not be able to find anywhere to park. Lost hikers would take critically long to find. Park managers would lack important data on the abundance and distribution of park species. Campers would have no one to talk to when they needed assistance in the middle of the night, and visitors who locked their keys in their cars or ran out of gas would go hours before patrol rangers could respond.
And on and on. No matter how busy the park seems, and how much there remains to do, we couldn't possibly keep the park looking as good as it does, nor assist our visitors as well as we do, without our volunteers. Volunteers make a difference!
And so, I want to recognize each and every one of you who makes some part of our mission your own, to preserve and protect Mount Rainier for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Whether you come up only once for a few hours, or return day after day for years on end, every one of you makes a difference. I, and my family hiking the trails with me, and my grandchildren and great grandchildren yet to come, are all grateful.
Volunteer and Outreach Program Manager
Mount Rainier National Park
We still need lots of help, especially on the weekends!
Informational Booth shifts are:
Snowshoe Track shifts are:
Fri-Sun: first shift , second shift
|Doesn't this look like fun? Last year we talked with nearly 3000 kids and parents at the snowshoe track. Fortunately we didn't put snowshoes on every one of those people.|
Thanks, and we’ll see you at the fair!
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Join us on August 25th at 9am for volunteer
projects to celebrate the 100th year of the National Park Service. There
will be celebrations at all of our visitor centers throughout the day, which
means plenty of time to get in some hours of service and to soak in the
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None at this time.
Offshore flow will strengthen as high pressure develops over British Columbia. Air compressing as it comes down off of the Cascades and Olympics will gradually heat the air mass up starting early and continuing through early in the weekend. Temperatures on the coast and away from the water will likely peak , while temperatures in the interior lowlands will likely peak . Temperatures in the interior will likely only cool a couple of degrees from hot values. Hot temperatures will be accompanied by low relative humidity and breezy conditions -contributing to increased fire danger. Air quality may degrade somewhat and as a thermal trough moves into the interior lowlands and reduces circulation.
Seattle Bellingham Olympia
Day Hi/Lo/Rec/Yr Hi/Lo/Rec/Yr Hi/Lo/Rec/Yr
88/60/88/1991 87/56/86/1965 90/54/94/1981
91/62/89/2015 86/58/84/1950 93/56/94/1961
89/63/87/1966 81/59/83/1958 88/56/92/1982
A prolonged period of warm to hot weather across the region will mainly impact people in urban areas who are in poor health. People living in high rise buildings without air conditioning will be most impacted. Any fires that start could grow rapidly in the hot, dry and breezy conditions. A decrease in air quality and could affect unhealthy individuals. At this time, impacts are expected to be moderate.
Confidence is high that a period of hot weather will develop and will persist into . Confidence is moderate that hot temperatures will persist in the interior into .
Confidence is moderate that the combination of hot temperatures, low relative humidity, and breezy conditions could contribute to a high fire danger across much of Western Washington.
Confidence is moderate that air quality will degrade somewhat starting and perhaps persist or worsen or .