Robin Goddard (center)
Enduring Service Award
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee
With more than 43 years (more than 12,000 hours) of continuous, outstanding volunteer service in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Goddard exemplifies the Volunteer-in-Park role. She is an excellent interpreter, teacher, storyteller, and trainer. She is also a naturalist and tireless advocate for the National Park Service.
Goddard has developed material for curriculum-based programs, taught countless outdoor classes, assisted scientists in collecting data, developed first-person historical programs, and served as a formal Great Smoky Mountains Ambassador through outreach programs in the community.
Because of her passion, knowledge, and professionalism, Goddard often conducts special programs for dignitaries, politicians, and others. She performs these duties while also faithfully conducting her weekly interpretive program for visitors April through October, rain or shine. Through her highly attended weekly program at Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse, Goddard continually engages and educates the public, young and old alike, while also creating future park advocates.