It's hard to believe that it's June already! National Trails Day is coming up this weekend, our Conservation Corps has arrived and is completing its training, the snow is slowly melting, and we have our first public projects posted on our new and improved volunteer calendar. As our Corps members complete their training and move into their assigned roles, the calendar will fill up rapidly. In addition to volunteer projects, we have a full slate of training opportunities planned for the summer, beginning with Meadow Rover training later this month and continuing with Wilderness First Aid in July. Plan to join us for another exciting year at Mount Rainier National Park!
Wilderness First Aid
Coming up on the training front: Wilderness First Aid! Mark your calendars for July 12-13, when Aerie Wilderness Medicine will present the course at Mount Rainier. Final details are still being worked out, and will be posted here on the blog and on our calendar, along with an online signup, within the next week or so. The course will be offered through our partnership with the Student Conservation Association at a steep discount thanks to a grant from Boeing Corporation. Also on the long-range calendar: Wilderness Advanced First Aid and possibly Wilderness First Responder. No prerequisites are required for any of these classes. WAFA is just a more hands-on version of WFA. WFR is a much more thorough and complete class in general, but all three courses start with the basics and provide a great overview of wilderness medicine.
- June 2-July 15: Greenhouse replanting, Mondays through Thursdays. Choose three or more days of your choice on which to participate.
- June 7: National Trails Day projects with the Washington Trails Association, at Huckleberry Creek (snow permitting) and the Boundary Trail .
- June 14: Father/Son/Daughter Project with the Mount Rainier Recovery Corps.
- June 14: Trail repair project with the Mount Rainier National Park Associates. (Note: link has been corrected.)
- June 20: White River Entrance Trail Work with WTA
- June 21: All-Ages Work Party with WTA
- June 22: White River Entrance Trail Work with WTA
- June 27: Photography Workshop with park photographer John Chao (see calendar for details)
- June 27: White River Entrance Trail Work with WTA
- June 28: Meadow Rover Training at Paradise
- June 28: White River Entrance Trail Work with WTA
- June 29: White River Entrance Trail Work with WTA
- July 12-13: Wilderness First Aid Class
- September 27: National Public Lands Day
- Check out our complete calendar for more events!
Long-term and Recurring Opportunities
Don't forget our list of long-term and recurring opportunities, too! Current positions we're hiring for include:
- Meadow Rovers
- CPR and First Aid Trainer
- Volunteer Program Assistant
- Education Program Assistant
- Sunrise Bookstore Clerk
This spring, 157 of you responded to our volunteer survey. We've finally finished organizing the results, which provided a wealth of information about your favorite projects, training opportunities, suggestions for camping and carpooling, and advice for new volunteers. Check out the complete results on our website, including the raw data and a PowerPoint presentation summarizing the results. Our next step: begin implementing some of your suggestions!
In Other News...
A lot has been happening at Mount Rainier National Park! Forty-two people showed up for the Meadow Rovers Brunch in Tacoma on May 9th to learn about roving and volunteering in general. Next year's gathering is already scheduled, so mark your calendars for May 9, 2009! On May 16, the renovated Paradise Inn reopened. Volunteer Allan Dreyer contributed
four beautiful paintings to a fundraiser at the Inn on opening night, which raised $650 for the park! And in spite of the late snow, volunteers like John Walsh continued to volunteer and to enjoy the magnificent beauty of our park.
Share your stories
Share your own stories, photos, and videos! We'll gladly post anything related to your volunteer experience here on our blog. Send us your files or links and we'll add them here. Also, don't miss our Picasa photo site, our discussion group, and our brand-new prototype YouTube page!
See you on the trails,
Volunteer Program Manager
360-569-2211 ext. 3385