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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

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

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

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

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.

Acadia National Park Accepting Applications for Raptor Interpretation Internship

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

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

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.

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