Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Volunteer Newsletter: September 2010

As the end of the summer draws near the kids are going back to school and the we're seeing the number of daily visitors fall with each Fahrenheit degree on my thermometer here in Longmire but there is still so much work to be done! We'll have individual volunteers and groups out working nearly every day until the winter's snow covers their tracks. Please come join us in enjoying the parks beauty by serving in whatever capacity that interests you. Listed below you will find our upcoming opportunities for the month of September.

Washington Trails Association Projects
Contact WTA through their website to register for these projects:

September 3, 4 & 5 - WTA Trail Work Party at Glacier Basin
September 10, 11 & 12 - WTA Trail Work Party at Glacier Basin
September 17, 18 & 19 - WTA Trail Work Party at Glacier Basin
September 25 - NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY at Glacier Basin

Mount Rainier National Park Associates Projects
Contact MRNPA through their website for details and to register for these projects:

September 11 - Alpine Gardening Party at Sunrise
October 2 - Trail Maintenance

Training Opportunities
Watch for details about these training courses, and how to register for them, on this blog:

Living History Training - September 11, 8:30am - 5:00pm at the Education Center in Tahoma Woods

Other Individual Volunteer Opportunities
Several dates are on the calendar for drop-in projects, with more being planned:

National Public Lands Day
September 25 - Look for an upcoming blog with the details on one of the largest volunteer weekends of the year. Last year we hosted over 200 volunteers!

Revegetation projects at Paradise
September 11, 18, and 25 - Help us plant native plants in the meadows above Paradise. Individuals and groups are welcome.

Soundscape Monitoring
This unique opportunity to contribute to science by assisting with the Soundscape Surveys is located in some of the most spectacular backcountry areas of Mount Rainier National Park on a gorgeous fall day? --anyone interested should contact Brett Kiser directly at bkiser@rsginc.com, or by calling 802-295-4999 (work) or 540-250-0202 (cell)

Group Projects
If you are a part of a group and/or organization that is looking for a project at the park we have several projects that require groups ranging in size from 5 to 100. Multi-day projects can use volunteers for a single day, or for several days at a stretch. Here are some options:

Cougar Rock Campsite Rehabilitation:
Join maintenance crews as they repair and rehab individual and group campsites in the Cougar Rock Campground. Crews will work Monday-Thursday from August 30 to October 7. Contact Dale Harvard at 360-569-2211 ext. 3388.

Trail Maintenance:
Our trail crews will be building and maintaining trails all summer long, and are always happy for help from volunteer groups. Call Trails Foreman Carl Fabiani at 360-569-2211 ext. 3351 to set up a date and location for a project that meets your needs any time.

Native Plant Restoration:
Weather permitting our revegetation crews will be busy through late September planting native plants at locations in both Paradise and Sunrise. Groups of almost unlimited size are welcome to help, either for single days or multiple day stretches. Contact Will Arnesen at 360-569-2211 ext. 3374 to arrange a date for your group.

More projects are in the works, so even if you don't see something of interest to you here, give us a call (360-569-2211 ext. 3385) and let us connect your group with a project that will make a real difference at Mount Rainier National Park!

Individual Openings
Would you like to volunteer for a longer period of time, or return regularly throughout the summer to help with an extended projects? We have many opportunities to choose from! Follow these links for details and to apply for any project that interests you:

Meadow Rover: Help us protect the subalpine meadows above Paradise and Sunrise by patrolling trails and educating visitors about the importance of staying on trails.

Plant Propagation (Greenhouse Assistant): Help grow plants for transplanting in the subalpine meadows.

Historic (Costumed) Interpreter: Act out scenes from the park's history, or help lead visitors by lantern-light through the trails at Longmire! Although we won't be putting on any more Shadows of the Past programs this summer we are looking for interpreters to put on programs at other times. Anyone interested should sign up to attend our upcoming Living History training session.

Citizen Science Team: Survey frogs, salamanders, and other species in the park's backcountry!
Besides the obvious benefits of volunteering at a National Park (time outdoors, meeting new people, sense of accomplishment), our volunteers get free entrance to the park on their days of service, as well as free use of the Longmire Campground (and its showers!).

We are consistently updating our blog with all the latest information and opportunities to volunteer at Mt Rainier. If you would like to get involved in any of the programs you have read about it this newsletter get in touch with either Evan Escamilla (360.569.2211 ext. 3414 or evan_escamilla@partner.nps.gov) or Kevin Bacher (360.569.2211 ext. 3385 or kevin_bacher@nps.gov).

Thanks for your support of Mount Rainier, and we'll look forward to working with you this fall!

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