Volunteerism is essential to the National Park Service (NPS). Across the country, there are about 22,000 NPS employees, but there are more than 220,000 volunteers. Many national parks owe their very existence to individuals - tireless crusaders who wanted future generations to share in the places they valued most. Park rangers and friends of the park certainly appreciate the volunteers who contribute to the mission of Kobuk Valley National Park. Though its remote location may seem to limit volunteer opportunities, there are still ways to get involved.
One of our biggest challenges is finding a way to share the Kobuk Valley experience with those who do not have the opportunity to visit the park in person. If you do visit, please consider sharing your photos and comments on our Flickr site.
Even for most park staff, access to the park is limited. Park rangers trying to help others understand this vast landscape benefit from visual aids. Images for publications, children's lessons, and this site are always needed. Here is a list of subjects that have been specifically requested. If you are an artist, you can help from wherever you are by donating photographs or images of paintings and drawings according to the following guidelines:
Did You Know?
In 1940, archeologist J. Louis Giddings traveled down the Kobuk River on a homemade raft, with three young Native men as guides. They found many ancient house depressions, including one at Onion Portage in Kobuk Valley National Park. The site is now believed to be about 10,000 years old.