Summer Volunteer Opportunities in the National Parks

April 8, 2009 | By | Reply More
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Lots of folks find themselves with more time than money this year – and are still hoping for an inspiring summer vacation. It may be the perfect time to volunteer for a restoration project in one of the country’s national parks.  Coordinated by the Department of Agriculture, there are plenty of restoration and conservation projects taking place across the country in our prized national park lands.  The National Forest Service has a terrific website Passport In Time that gives the details of all their current projects, how to apply for a volunteer spot, and deadlines for the applications. Most of the projects are centered in the wilderness, requiring participants to be physically active and adaptable to very basic housing accommodation – mostly camping.  If you’d enjoy an immersion into nature while advancing our national park system at the same time, these are exciting opportunities!

Here are some that have peaked my curiosity:
Survey of Prehistoric Quarries in Northwestern Colorado
Gold Mountain Mine Mill Restoration in the Black Hills of South Dakota
Restoration of the Theater-In-The-Pines Amphitheater in Sundance, Utah
Weaving Connections – Interacting with Basket Weavers in Northwestern California

Visit Passport In Time for all the details and click on “Current Projects” to see which projects are accepting applicaitons for Summer 2009.

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