Sunday, May 29, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
Wow! There are already 25 people signed up for the New Meadow Rover Training on June 11th. Training for that day will begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Community Building in the Longmire Volunteer Campground. We should be finished by 5:30.
Returning Rovers will start with coffee, sign-in, and meeting fellow rovers at 9:00 a.m. also at the Community Building. Plan to finish by 3:30 or so. We have new speakers with lots of new information for you to use out on the trails.
Returning Rovers should bring their camp plate/bowl, spork, and cup and something to share for lunch - a tradition of long standing. We will provide drinks. New Rovers are also welcome to join us on Sunday if they choose as topics will vary from the Saturday sessions.
Please send me a quick e-mail if you are planning to attend so that I have sufficient supplies available. If you need a campsite, send me that information also. Please include whether you have a tent or RV and if an RV, how big it is. I look forward to seeing all of you again and to get ready for a great summer.
Coordinator MORA Meadow Rovers
Thursday, May 26, 2016
|FEE TYPE||Description||Fee, effective May 27, 2016|
|Mount Rainier Single Entrance||Grants unlimited entry for one non-commercial vehicle and all passengers for seven consecutive days.|
|Mount Rainier Annual Pass||Grants unlimited entry for one year to pass owner and passengers in the same car.|
|Walk-up/ bicycle||Grants unlimited entry for seven consecutive days for a walk-up visitor or a single bicycle.|
|Motorcycle fee||Grants unlimited entry for seven consecutive days for one motorcycle and passenger.|
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Mount Rainier National Park is one of the featured parks in Partners in Preservation 2016! This program highlights historic preservation projects across the country. At Mount Rainier National Park, we are working to rehabilitate a historic cabin that will house search and rescue volunteers.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Wanted: two volunteers to assist with the installation/deinstallation of seasonal exhibits, aiding researchers, scanning researcher photograph requests, conducting inventories of the collection, and cataloging artifacts. This work is suitable for individuals who are flexible but like detail work. All training in museum management and the National Park Service Cataloging program will be provided. For a full description of this volunteer opportunity and to submit an application, visit Volunteer.gov (link takes you to the opportunity listing). You may also contact Brooke Childrey, Park Curator, at 360-569-6784.
A small reimbursement may be available. Shared housing may be available if application is received before May 31, 2016.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Armbands to wear over warm coats and jackets were made over the winter. However, it appears that our faithful snow rovers were so tired at the end of the day, they forgot to leave them in the Meadow Rover Office. If you are one of those, you are forgiven as we truly appreciate your help, but would you please return them to the Meadow Rover Office or bring them to the training sessions on June 12.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
SR 706 and the towns of Elbe and Ashford are often referred to as the "Gateway to Mount Rainier." Help us keep our "front step" clean by joining a small task force of dedicated litter pickers: the Mount Rainier Volunteers' Adopt-a-Highway crew!
Per an agreement with Washington State Dept. of Transportation, our team goes out with long-armed grabbers and heavy plastic bags three times each year to patrol a two-mile section of SR 706. This stretch of road encompasses the Park's Tahoma Woods administrative facilities as well as the only good view of Mount Rainier along the highway. We want it to look nice for our visitors, so please consider joining us for our next pick-up on June 26. For more information, contact Crow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Are you detail-oriented? Are you interested in Park history? This volunteer opportunity may be perfect for you!
Opportunity Featured Summary:
Position includes assisting with the reconciliation project verifying the location of artifacts and corresponding paperwork, assisting with the installation/deinstallation of seasonal exhibits, aiding researchers, scanning researcher photograph requests, and cataloging artifacts.
Location: The park's curation facility at Park Headquarters near Ashford.
Time Commitment Required: two volunteers are needed for the period 6/14/16 to 9/30/16.
Skills and abilities required: Applicant must have excellent hand-printing abilities, be detail-focused, and flexible with changes in the daily work schedule. Position requires a NACI background check and issuance of a DOI Access Card.
Other Information: A small reimbursement may be available.
For more information: Contact Brooke Childrey, Park Curator, at 360-569-6784 or apply for this position on Volunteer.gov, reference keywords "Mount Rainier"
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Coming this Sunday - May 15th, Maureen returns as coordinator of the Mt. Rainier Meadow Rovers. I will be at Paradise organizing our Meadow Rover office so come on in and say hello. Hoping to be outside on the mountain talking to visitors more than inside!
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Ian Breckheimer, a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington in Seattle has developed a system for making what he calls "quick and dirty" forecasts of when seasonal snowpack is probably going to melt in different parts of the park. All of the projections are statistical estimates based on historical SNOTEL data gathered from within the park.
The link to the forecast site is here:https://ibreckhe.github.io/snow_forecasts.html
You can also read a bit more about the process and development here:https://ibreckhe.github.io/blog/2016/05/01/snow-forecasts/
This will be updated every two weeks, so as we get closer to the meltout of some areas, especially the subalpine zone at Paradise, the information and forecasts will become more accurate. Please keep in mind that this is still a tool that is being developed, so you may experience some glitches from time to time until everything is perfected.
Thanks for sharing, Ian!
Thursday, May 5, 2016
With the first Volunteer Newsletter of 2016 comes a new format! Any feedback on the new design should be sent to Ian at his email. Enjoy!
Each panel is an image, so click a page to enlarge it.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
What is MeadoWatch? To start with, it's a citizen science program in which volunteers collect phenological data for select species of wildflowers, information which helps scientists determine how ranges and seasons are being affected by climate change. It's also a wonderful excuse for volunteers to hike either of two beautiful trails in Mount Rainier National Park. Click on the photo to read more, or visit MeadoWatch website for even more information about the program. You may also sign up for their newsletter on the site.
This year, MeadoWatch offers three training sessions for new or returning volunteers:
June 1, Wednesday (6:30-8:30 PM); University of Washington, Seattle
June 11, Saturday (9:30-11:30 AM); Mt. Rainier National Park
June 25, Saturday (1:30-3:30 PM); University of Washington, Seattle
If you would like to attend any of these sessions, please RSVP to Janneke Hille Riis Lambers at email@example.com