Saturday, September 29, 2012
Similar patrols will be conducted in April in conjunction with Earth Day and again in June just prior to the Fourth of July when Park visitation is at a peak. Participation is limited to twelve individuals per the Dept. of Transportation, so if you are interested in taking part, please contact Crow Vecchio or Kevin Bacher at ext. 6567. Volunteers like you can make a huge difference in our visitors' experiences both inside and outside the Park!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Received from Marilyn Darling, this letter is reason for all Mount Rainier Volunteers to glow with pride:
This is to express my appreciation for all the help Gayle Eads and her VIPs gave the interps at Sunrise this summer. Gayle worked tirelessly to produce a well-organized, well-informed and efficient corps of VIPs who complemented the work our limited staff had to do. When we arrived from Ohana on busy weekend mornings, the first thing we saw would always be Gayle and other VIPs stationed around the parking lot answering questions. And as we left for the day, she’d often still be on station, still hard at work.
Throughout the day, VIPs would report in with trail and flower reports. Often they were the only people available when extra help was needed, either in the Visitor Center when we were short-staffed, or on the trail. Everyone pitched in immediately, without hesitation and with great good cheer to do what needed to done, and then they went their individual ways, often before we could thank them. One memorable afternoon VIP (and Nurse) Suzie Fish-Sadin made it down from Frozen Lake to the Emmons Vista trail in little over 15 minutes, well ahead of the EMTs from White River, to tend a woman who had fainted on the trail. I was on scene and very relieved to see her approaching (apparently not even out of breath) and so were our EMTS when they arrived!
Now that the season is over and I’m leaving I wish I could thank all these good folks in person. We would have been in big trouble without their help! It is a testament to Gayle’s dedication, hard work, and sense of responsibility that the VIPs were so well organized. And it’s thanks to Gayle and her troops that so many things went smoothly at Sunrise!
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
On September 29 (National Public Lands Day), a crew of twelve volunteers will be participating in litter pickup along SR 706 from milepost 2 to milepost 4 as part of our recent agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation under their "Adopt-A-Highway" program. Our designated section of roadway includes Mount Rainier's Tahoma Woods property frontage. Similar pickups will be conducted in April and late June. In recognition of the valuable community service we will be providing, signs acknowledging Mount Rainier Volunteers will be placed at either end of our patrol area. What a great way to show visitors we care about the community as well as our own Park!
This Saturday, September 29th, Mount Rainier is one of over 2,000 sites for National Public Lands Day volunteer festivities!
- NPLD educates Americans about the environment and natural resources, and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands;
- NPLD builds partnerships between the public sector and the local community based upon mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of America's public lands; and
- NPLD improves public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work.
This year we will be meeting at the White River Campground, Saturday morning between 8:30 and 9:00 am. We will meet at the evening program camp fire circle. There you will be able to sign up for a project to in the Sunrise area. We ask that you please park in the climbing and backpacking parking lot or just before the campground ranger station. Please avoid parking in empty campsites.
This year we will have trails projects with our park's trail crew and revegetation projects with the park's restoration crew.
Washington Trails Association will also have a work party in the Sunrise area. They will be meeting at the Sunrise Visitors Center at 8:30 am, separate from the White River Campground meet up at 9:00 am, as this is a regular work party event for them. You may show up Saturday morning at Sunrise for the WTA event, but they request that you sign up on their website (www.wta.org) for the specific work party ahead of time. This way they know how many volunteers to expect.
Because you will be using your free admission to the park to volunteer, you will receive a National Public Lands Day voucher for free admission, on a day of your choosing, at Mount Rainier National Park!
We hope you can make it out to help our mountain and celebrate public lands!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
If you didn't sign up to work a shift at the Puyallup Fair this year, you missed the opportunity to serve at the Park's most unique dooty station. Our animal scat exhibit is a huge hit with children who, although often reluctant for hands-on exploration at first, warm to the subject rapidly when you explain how to tell one doo-doo from another. Adults frequently contribute to the interpretive aspect with personal observations, "Isn't that what you saw at the cabin?" or "I saw some of that on the trail!"
Our Volunteers enrich the experience by interacting with the kids using any of three wildlife hand-puppets or by inviting children to make their own bookmarks using animal footprint stamps, many of which correlate with the doo-doo droppers' paw marks. This "tour of dooty" is a great way to instill curiosity about the natural world in youngsters!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
There is no charge for volunteers to enter the Park. When you enter at the White River Entrance, tell the gate attendant that you will be doing volunteer work on the meadow restoration project at Sunrise.
Time: 10 AM to 11:30 PM
West Side Meadow Rover Coordinator
Mount Rainier National Park