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There are many ways you can help care for your national parks, from one-time to reoccurring volunteer opportunities for youth, families, groups and individuals. To learn more about volunteering with the National Park Service and to get started, visit Volunteer.gov or Find a Park.

Are you ready for a challenge? The National Park Service's centennial year is here, and we want to encourage everyone to take part in the celebration! We invite people of all ages to find their park and discover the national parks in their community through volunteerism. Registered volunteers who contribute 201.6 hours of service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 can earn a Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coin! Contact a national park near you to learn more.


Volunteers work in plant nurseries, caring for seedlings that will be  planted within park habitats. 


Volunteering in Your National Park


Internship opportunities are varied.  They include presenting programs and assisting visitors along trails and in visitor centers. 




Boy and Girl Scout Troops participate in one-day or long-term volunteer projects. 


Scouts Making a Difference


Volunteers carry out a wide variety of research projects.  Here, an international volunteer surveys plant species diversity. 


Specialized Volunteer Opportunities


Hike, canoe, camp, bird watch, snorkel, catch a wave or boat tour with your Volunteer Pass!


Annual Volunteer Pass

A free pass covers entrance fees and is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Passes are issued to volunteers who contribute 250 service hours with Federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program. Learn more here.

Contact your local federal recreation site for more information about volunteer opportunities or visit Volunteer.gov.