Volunteer Opportunities at Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains NP

Clingman's Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can claim some impressive superlatives. At 6,643 feet, the area is not just the highest point in the park and in the state of Tennessee, it's also the second-highest point in the country east of the Mississippi River. If you enjoy a long-range view, this is also the only location in any national park which offers the potential to see into parts of seven different states…but only if the visibility is exceptionally good.

Habitat Protectors Program Offers Summer Volunteer Opportunities at Yosemite National Park

Trees and ferns in Yosemite.
Looking for a way to "give back a little" at Yosemite National Park this summer? The park's volunteer Habitat Protectors program offers a chance to do just that every Wednesday; no experience or advance registration is required for individuals or small groups.

Washington Dined Here - Volunteer Opportunity for Hands-on Archeology at Valley Forge National Historical Park

Archeologists at work.
If you've ever had a desire to get involved in some hands-on archeology, here's an opportunity in a prime location. Valley Forge National Historical Park is looking for volunteers this summer to help excavate an area at Washington's Headquarters that has "great potential" for important discoveries

Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service Show Citizens Can Make a Big Difference for Parks

NPS volunteer patch.
In the National Park Service, the acronym "VIP" usually stands for "Volunteers in Parks," but recent awards confirm an alternative meaning could be "Very Impressive Performance." The recipients of the 2009 George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service were honored at a recent ceremony, and their work was impressive indeed.

Training for Volunteer Weed Watchers Coming Up at Point Reyes National Seashore

Volunteer weed watchers at work.
If you mention the terms "weed" and "California" in the same sentence, some people will make an assumption about the subject at hand. NPS areas in the San Francisco area are looking for some volunteer "weed watchers," and the purpose of this project may be different than you expect.

Metal Detectors at Palo Alto Battlefield? These "Hunters" were on a Mission

Over two dozen people were seen scouring parts of the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park with metal detectors in recent weeks, and then collecting historic artifacts they discovered during their search. What was going on…and where is Palo Alto Battlefield?

Acadia National Park Accepting Applications for Raptor Interpretation Internship

Crowd watching peregine falcons.
Acadia National Park is one of the premier locations in the country for viewing raptors, including peregrine falcons and hawks. The park is looking for an intern to help monitor raptor activity and provide interpretation for the thousands of visitors who come to Acadia to see the birds

Citizen Scientist Volunteer Opportunity at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Volunteers at work in the park.
Researchers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are looking for a few good volunteers for a one-day project at the park on October 31, 2009. If you'd like to learn some new skills and are up to several miles of hiking, here are the details.

Art in the Park: The Return of the Condor

Stained glass work of condor.
Many of the visitors to Pinnacles National Monument in California hope for a glimpse of a rare California Condor in the wild. Thanks to the park's Artist in Residence program, they can also enjoy a beautiful stained glass depiction of a condor in flight.

"Yosemite Facelift" Offers a Good Way to Lend a Helping Hand at Yosemite National Park

Old car removed during 2007 event.
Volunteer cleanup days will be held in a number of parks this year, but one of the most ambitious is scheduled for five days next week at Yosemite National Park. "Yosemite Facelift" will be held September 23-27, and anyone who participates is eligible for some "thank you" perks in addition to the satisfaction of a job well done.

Volunteer Opportunities for Prairie Restoration Projects in Several NPS Areas

Volunteers on prairie restoration project.
The vast sea of grass called the prairie is now just a memory in most of North America, but a few protected and restored remnants still remain. If you'd like to help with prairie restoration projects, several NPS areas are looking for volunteers during the next several weeks.

Interested in Archeology? Volunteer Projects Are Coming Up at Manzanar National Historic Site

Manzanar entrance.
Have you wanted a chance to try your hand—literally—at archeology? If so, the staff at Manzanar National Historic Site in California may have just the deal for you. They're looking for a few good men and women willing to volunteer on projects this summer in the park.

Volunteers Can Participate in Science Field Days at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mtns. NP
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is inviting high school-aged students, their families, and the general public to join scientists and educators in collecting scientific data during field activities in the park, July 13-15, 2009.

Trails Forever Program Facilitates High-Priority Trail Improvements at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Friends of the Smokies created their Trails Forever program to help with high-priority trails projects at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Trails Forever endowment goal is a hefty $4 million. Trails Forever is currently seeking volunteers to help with two major trail projects in the park.

Beach Cleanup is Focus for National Parks America Tour Stop at Padre Island National Seashore

The Unilever-sponsored National Parks America Tour, a volunteer program with over 25 scheduled stops in the national parks this year, has organized a beach cleanup at Padre Island National Seashore for Saturday, October 18. The huge volume of storm debris left by last month’s Hurricane Ike has been very difficult to deal with and continues to wash ashore daily.

National Parks Will Waive Entrance Fees on September 27, National Public Lands Day

You’ll love what they see at the national park entrance gates on Saturday, September 27. It’s the 15th annual National Public Lands Day, and all parks will be waiving their admission fees. It’d be nice if you volunteered to help with the site restoration and cleanup efforts planned for that day.