Reader Participation Day: Are you a VIP (Volunteer in the Parks)?
Volunteers in the Park (VIP) are an integral part of the visitor experience in national parks. They do a variety of jobs, including staffing the desk at the visitor center, roving the backcountry, participating in scientific studies and doing interpretive programs.
I am sure that many Traveler readers are NPS volunteers. Some volunteer every week, while others are involved in one intense experience.
Do you volunteer in a National Park or did you volunteer in the past? Why do you volunteer in a Park? What does it do for you?
Which park are you in and what do you do? If you wear a uniform, can you describe it? What are some of the more humorous inquiries you've had from park visitors?
On the other side, what experiences, good or bad, have you had with NPS volunteers?