• De Soto Landing

    De Soto

    National Memorial Florida

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Ninety-two year old Bernie Harris has been a ranger and volunteer at De Soto National Memorial since 1972.
Volunteers work arm in arm with Park Rangers to provide quality, cost-effective services in America's National Parks. Bernie Harris has been a ranger and volunteer at the De Soto National Memorial since 1972 and in 2006 received the Presidential Call to Service Award for his efforts. Ninety-three year old Bernie Harris was recognized for his service on March 11, 2007.  VIP Coordinator Diana Bauman congratulates Bernie on his special day.

The National Park Service Needs You!

Volunteering in America's National Parks is one of the most rewarding opportunities available. If you like helping people and support the preservation and interpretation of America's great places, then volunteering for the National Park Service may be for you.

De Soto National Memorial currently has volunteer opportunities for those interested in:

  • Administration

  • Archaeology

  • Education

  • Living History

  • Maintenance

  • Reception

Learn how you can volunteer at De Soto National Memorial by reviewing the National Park System Volunteers In Parks (VIP) program or by contacting the De Soto VIP coordinator via email or by telephone at (941)792-0458.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Hernando de Soto invested all he had in his 1539 expedition to Florida that ultimately covered 4,000 miles of what is now the Southeastern United States. During the four year expedition he found no rich empire to conquer, but he lost both his fortune and his life. Visit De Soto National Memorial. More...