• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Meet Volunteer Barbara

Barbara from Fort Mitchell Kentucky
NPS Photo - HAVO Division of Interpretation

I retired from Northern Kentucky University in 2009 to volunteer in Environmental Education at Grand Canyon National Park. After two semesters there, I volunteered two seasons at Everglades National Park and one season at Sequoia Kings Canyon. When I leave here in December, I'll return to Everglades.

The V.I.P. program has given me the opportunity to immerse myself at a park and really learn about the resource. I've met visitors from around the globe and have had the pleasure of working with talented and inspiring park interpreters.

I chose Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park because....well, I suppose it's obvious? It's really rewarding to share this incredible place with visitors.


Did You Know?

Skylight reveals lava flowing to the ocean.

Large volumes of lava move in lava tubes beneath the hardened surface of recent flows. Skylights form when the roof of a lava tube collapses, revealing the molten lava flowing like a river within the tube.