|Photo courtesy of Jon Epstein|
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Saturday, December 19, 2015
|Photo by Kevin Bacher|
The highly capable and eminently professional staff of the Volunteer Program would like to wish you and your families the best of the season. Now, let it snow!
Monday, December 7, 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Did you know that every single fourth grader can get a pass for free entry to any National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Education, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That is millions of acres of federal land, just waiting to be explored by the fourth graders of this country (and their families, of course), for free!
In the first year of this inititive, President Barack Obama has said:
"Because no matter who you are, no matter where you live, our parks, our monuments, our lands, our waters - these places are your birthright as Americans."
But maybe you aren't a fourth grader, reading this blog. Parents can help their children get this pass by completing a short task together at www.everykidinapark.gov, printing out a temporary pass, and then exchanging it at any fee station of federal lands, including here at Mount Rainier National Park.
In September, Mount Rainier National Park, Klondike Goldrush National Park, Olympic National Park, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, Islandwood and Washington Trails Association all held activities for a number of fourth graders from around the Seattle Area, issuing over 50 passes to very eager fourth graders!
You can get YOUR pass here (assuming that you are in fourth grade): www.everykidinapark.gov
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Do you have a bronze name tag from your time volunteering at Mount Rainier National Park? Have you put in over 100 hours of volunteer time? Do you volunteer on the front lines, behind a visitor's center desk, in a wilderness information center, out meadow roving or patrolling the back country, or many other jobs where a name tag is a crucial part of your uniform? Were you an active volunteer in 2015 and will you be an active volunteer in 2016? If so, then this post is for you!
Just imagine this, shinier, and in pin form.
As you may already (hopefully) know, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. To help spread the news, we have ordered a limited number of 2016 Centennial pins to share with those volunteers who interact with the public on a regular basis. You may have seen these pins on NPS Staff, centered just above their name tags, and they are an official part of the 2016 uniform for staff and volunteers.
These pins do look best centered above the official NPS name tag, but if you don't have a name tag, don't you fret! They are available for purchase at http://www.arrowheadstore.com/. Since the volunteer program has a limited number of these pins, we only have enough for one pin per volunteer who meets the above criteria.
So, if you have been an active volunteer in the past year and you are looking to continue volunteering throughout the winter or even next summer, with a name tag, please contact Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will get your pin out to you as soon as possible! In your email, please include your mailing address, if you would like to have your pin shipped to you!