Park Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Week
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034
During National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group celebrates the volunteers that work at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. This past year, these volunteers donated a total of 18,982 hours!
"I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of our volunteers for the incredible service they provided," stated Superintendent Barclay Trimble. "I praise every single job performed. Our volunteers make a tremendous difference in the services provided to our visitors and in the protection of our cultural and natural treasures."
Last year, the 119 Outer Banks Group volunteers donated over 12,572 hours to provide interpretive programs and staff visitor center information desks; 3,417 hours to host park campgrounds; and 2,885 hours to assist with natural and cultural resource programs. The total volunteer hours are an equivalent of more than nine year-round full time employees.
Several local volunteers received special recognition including: Fred Hattman - 5000 Lifetime Hours Award (Wright Brothers NMEM); Dennis Pohl - 3,000 Lifetime Hours Award (Wright Brothers NMEM); and Ken Pagurek - 2,000 Lifetime Hours Award (Wright Brothers NMEM).
Volunteers receiving the Presidential Volunteer Service Gold Award include: Jackie Anderson (Cape Hatteras NS), Fred Hattman (Wright Brothers NMEM), Ed Johnson (Cape Hatteras NS), Dennis Pohl (Wright Brothers NMEM), Charles Root (Cape Hatteras NS), Donna Root (Cape Hatteras NS), and Therese Wilson (Cape Hatteras NS).
Youth volunteers Cara Strachan and Tanis Taft received the Presidential Volunteer Service Bronze Award for their work at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Fred Hattman is recognized as the Outer Banks Group volunteer having the most accumulated hours with 5,393 lifetime hours at Wright Brothers National Memorial.
Did You Know?
Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.